NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility.
The Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move to the area, could move to Los Angeles if San Diego doesn’t, Commissioner Roger Goodell said. The moves end the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market.
The compromise- the Chargers and Raiders wanted to share a new stadium in Carson, California, and the Rams wanted to move to nearby Inglewood – was approved 30-2 after the other options did not get the 24 votes needed for approval.
The Chargers can continue to negotiate with San Diego for a new stadium deal, while keeping the option of joining at the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke at the $1.8 billion complex he is building.
”Relocation is a painful process. It’s painful for the fans, for the communities, for the league in general,” Goodell said. ”In some ways a bittersweet moment, because we were unable to get the kind of facilities done we wanted in their markets.”
The Rams, who were based in the LA area from 1946-94, will play in a temporary facility, which is assumed to be the Los Angeles Coliseum. The new stadium will be ready for the 2019 season.