By: Lewis Mata
Professional football has returned to Los Angeles after over two decades without a team. NFL owners met in Houston on January 11, 2016 to decide which team(s) would start the 2016-2017 season in the nation’s second largest media market.
The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders all applied to move to Los Angeles. NFL owners voted 30-to-2 on Tuesday, to allow the St. Louis Rams to return to L.A. giving the San Diego Chargers until March 23 to decide whether they will join the Rams, or remain in San Diego.
The Oakland Raiders withdrew their bid the day of the decision. Although the Raiders withdrew their bid, they will still have the opportunity to join the Rams in L.A. next year if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego.
The Rams NFL franchise began In Los Angeles in 1946. After 49 years in L.A., the Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995. After 21 years, one Super Bowl, and many losing seasons in St. Louis, the Rams are making their return to the City of Angels.
The Rams’ $1.86 billion Inglewood project will allow the Rams to play in Inglewood following the 2019 completion of their new stadium.
The Rams will play in L.A. next season, but the question is, where? There are multiple venues for the team to pick from including the Los Angeles Coliseum home of the USC Trojans and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, home to the UCLA Bruins. The Rams have yet to announce where they will be playing at the start of the 2016-2017 season.
One thing the Rams do know is that they are eager to sell tickets. Starting January 18, the Rams began accepting $100 refundable deposits on 2016 season tickets. The Rams have yet to release the true cost of the season tickets despite allowing people to put a deposit on the tickets.
Among the first to put a deposit down on a ticket was Los Angeles Laker legend Earvin Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson tweeted in the morning of January 18th “I got my @RamsNFL season tickets! I’m so excited and can’t wait to see OUR team next season! #Rams.”