The Rams are officially heading home and playing in Los Angeles next year. After meetings and a vote yesterday, the league has agreed that the Rams shall move to LA. They’ll play at the Los Angeles Coliseum as they wait for their Inglewood Stadium to be built.
Los Angeles has been without professional football since the end of the 1994 season. The Rams had success for a while during the 70’s and they even made it to a Super Bowl. They were a constant playoff team when running back Eric Dickerson was playing for them. But outside of that, the franchise was only mediocre. After leaving LA, it did not take too long for the “Greatest Show on Turf” to be created when the team added players like Torry Holt, Marshall Faulk, and Kurt Warner. Those Rams went on to win a Super Bowl, but since the 2005 season they have struggled. The Rams have not seen the playoffs in over ten years and have been stuck without a quarterback after Kurt Warner left. There has been rumors that they would leave St. Louis for the past few years, but nothing had developed until this year.
The Rams will be playing in Inglewood as opposed to the Carson site. They beat out the plans of both the Raiders and the Chargers to be the team in LA and the Rams will begin construction on a $985 million stadium soon. This move currently leaves the Raiders without a home, as owner Mark Davis looks for a new place to lease. The Chargers, however, were given the option of staying put or moving to LA with the Rams as either an equity partner or just leasing the stadium from Rams. The Chargers are expected to move to LA, although it is not known which option they prefer. LA hasn’t had pro football in over 20 years but at the end of the week they could head into the 2016 season with not one but two teams. Good luck LA, you’ll need it as your team(s) try to find their way back into the playoffs.