Rams ‘working’ to strike roots in California


LA Rams take big step towards new HQ Image: Los Angeles Rams

The National Football League (NFL) team Los Angeles Rams have been back in California (US) for more than seven years, built a new $5 billion stadium and even won a Super Bowl since returning from St. Louis. But the NFL team is still working to establish more permanent roots.

‘YARDBARKER’ stated that the Stan Kroenke-owned team continues to press forward on its long-planned development project in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, filing paperwork on an initiative to build a new team training facility and team headquarters in Woodland Hills, California.

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Greater Los Angeles area (US). The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the National Football Conference West division.

The SoFi Stadium is a 70,240-seat sports and entertainment indoor stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California, United States. SoFi occupies the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, three miles from the Los Angeles International Airport and 0.5 miles Southeast of the 17,505-capacity The Kia Forum. It serves as the home ground of the Los Angeles Rams.

‘YARDBARKER’ further stated that the development – to be built on land assembled through three separate tracts costing a combined $650 million – would incorporate practice fields and offices, as well as restaurants, hotels and residences.

Said a team spokesman, “Our long-term goal is to build a facility that will include team headquarters and a practice facility in Woodland Hills.”

‘YARDBARKER’ further stated that it’s a major step up from the team’s current situation. The Rams practice at a temporary facility at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks – nearly 50 miles from the SoFi Stadium as opposed to the 30-mile distance between the stadium and Woodland Hills – and now has its business offices in Agoura Hills.

The California Lutheran University is a private university in Thousand Oaks, California. It was founded in 1959 and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, but is non-sectarian.

An interim practice facility is projected for a January opening in advance of the larger, permanent phases of construction. The complex, however, isn’t projected to replace the Rams’ staging of training camp at the University of California-Irvine.

The University of California-Irvine is a public land-grant research university in Irvine, California.

The new team headquarters will build on Kroenke’s existing $12.8 billion sports empire that spans his ownership of the Rams, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Denver Nuggets, the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth.

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