Design plans revealed for downtown NFL stadium; Majestic Realty official questions financing

There are 20 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Nov 15, 2010, titled Design plans revealed for downtown NFL stadium; Majestic Realty official questions financing. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

The executive behind the proposed NFL stadium in Industry questioned the financing of a rival proposal in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, following revelations about the downtown stadium's schedule and design, inspired by Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

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NFLwantsDowntown

Guasti, CA

#1 Nov 15, 2010
I feel that Majestic's site in Industry is the best one for the football fan, but it is clear it will NEVER happen. The NFL wants the new stadium in the high-profile Downtown. They envision Super Bowls with a Downtown back drop and next to Staples Center. People in Diamond Bar and Walnut can breath easier knowing that Roski's site will never be the home to an NFL stadium. It will be next to STAPLES.
tell the truth

Yuma, AZ

#2 Nov 16, 2010
Nobody going to go downtown. With the City Council & LA Board of supervisors boycot of Arizona people just do not go to LA. it had hurt our tourist business job market. It has hurt the recovery if their is a recovery. LA City Council is a joke they could not do any thing. No serious person would invest their money in Los Angeles. It does not have a population to support a team. It depends on the rest of Southern Ca. Since the boycot people are not comming. The businees community is drying up.
jkl

Monterey Park, CA

#3 Nov 16, 2010
Downtown is so crowded with staples center. The Industry location will give the area a great boost, plus easy access to the 10, 60, 57 fwys.
NFLwantsDowntown

Guasti, CA

#4 Nov 16, 2010
Learn how to use spellcheck. People go to Downtown all the time! Have you heard of the Lakers? Staples Center is filled everynight! You don't know what your talking about!
NFLwantsDowntown

Guasti, CA

#5 Nov 16, 2010
I agree the Downtown location is harder to get to for many, but for the wealthy that will help pay for the stadium it is a better location near the Westside. For the football fan Industry is a much better location. I do like that Downtown will have the NCAA Final Four and the World Cup.
Majestic Mike C

Riverside, CA

#6 Nov 16, 2010
"AEG also must pass environmental review and negotiate with city officials. It's pushing ahead with a proposed completion date of Aug. 15, 2015, planning to build the stadium even if it doesn't secure acquisition of a team. "

This is both comforting and troubling for Majestic. The key element here is planning to build the stadium, team or no team. The only thing in AEG's way is the environmental process.
What Goes Around

La Habra, CA

#7 Nov 16, 2010
Majestic Mike C wrote:
"AEG also must pass environmental review and negotiate with city officials. It's pushing ahead with a proposed completion date of Aug. 15, 2015, planning to build the stadium even if it doesn't secure acquisition of a team. "
This is both comforting and troubling for Majestic. The key element here is planning to build the stadium, team or no team. The only thing in AEG's way is the environmental process.
An interesting turn of events. Majestic has cleared the way for AEG, because AEG only has to ask for the same consideration as Majestic, a waiver on environmental review.

There have already been extensive EIRs for development in that downtown area.

Had Majestic just followed the environmental review process instead of getting a waiver, AEG would likely have to do the same.

AEG will be giving thanks to Majestic on Thanksgiving, and enjoying the Christmas present.
Majestic Mike C

Riverside, CA

#8 Nov 16, 2010
In Reply To "What Goes Around":

"An interesting turn of events. Majestic has cleared the way for AEG, because AEG only has to ask for the same consideration as Majestic, a waiver on environmental review."

True they have, but it should be noted that environmental groups are already lining up against AEG.

"There have already been extensive EIRs for development in that downtown area."

True. This means the EIR for the stadium will have to be cross walked against others. After all, and barring changes, if the stadium EIR says something but the EIR for another project said something else, that could lead to problems. But I am sure AEG is smart enough go avoid that issue.

"Had Majestic just followed the environmental review process instead of getting a waiver, AEG would likely have to do the same."

Ah but they did follow the process. An allowance for a legislative exemption is part of the process.

"AEG will be giving thanks to Majestic on Thanksgiving, and enjoying the Christmas present."

For this year? Unlikely. It takes a bit to produce an EIR. AEG has just asked for architects proposals, an EIR is still in the 2011-2012 future.
father of two

La Habra, CA

#9 Nov 16, 2010
I would definately rather have a stadium downtown. People think that the stadium will cause congestion only during home games. Think of all the additional congestion that the other revenue events would pose on local roads during the weekends. If Industry gets a stadium it would burden all living along the 57, 60, 10, which would also affect the 210, 71, 15, and 605. Lets keep in downtown where it belongs and congestion is expected and the infrastructure is already in place for alternative transportation.
Bring Back The NFL to LA

Canyon Country, CA

#10 Nov 16, 2010
First of all who the hell wants to drive to the City of Industry to watch a football game?! I mean that place is a dump and a complete ghost town. The AEG Stadium plan makes complete sense due to its central location and the people who are against the plan because of traffic concerns need to open their damn eyes...this is Los Angeles for Pete's Sake. Everywhere you go in this city there's gonna be traffic. I mean it takes me forever to get out of Dodger Stadium every time I go see a game but you know what that doesn't stop me from not going. Plus AEG is willing to renovate the Convention Center which is an added bonus which means the city will be able to attract more shows and more events. Also, personally I could care less if AEG's plan is inconvenient for the people living in Orange County & the Imperial Empire. This stadium is for the city of Los Angeles and the people who live here. So if those folks don't like it too bad....deal with it!!
MeSpecialUNot

Altadena, CA

#11 Nov 16, 2010
John Semcken, the vice president of Majestic Realty, must really think the folks in SoCal are dumb. Majestic is now all wound up because someone else is planning a stadium in LA and insists that they must go through all of the EIR processes.

Of course majectic got an EIR waiver by way of special legisation introduced by some political pal.
Majestic Mike C

Riverside, CA

#12 Nov 16, 2010
In Reply to "Bring Back The NFL to LA":

"First of all who the hell wants to drive to the City of Industry to watch a football game?!"

Lot's of people do.

"Also, personally I could care less if AEG's plan is inconvenient for the people living in Orange County & the Imperial Empire."

And they could care less about your convenience. And in reality this is what your post is all about isn't it? Let's see....alienate 3 million people in Orange County for 500k hermits in the North County......anybody? Anybody?

"This stadium is for the city of Los Angeles and the people who live here."

Are you proposing limiting sales of tickets to only those who live in the City of Los Angeles? If you live in Santa Clarita or Stevenson Ranch, you don't qualify. How exceptionally stupid.....
AMG

Pomona, CA

#13 Nov 16, 2010
Obviously this guy has never been to C of I during traffic hours. It commonly takes 30 mins just to go 5 miles. Now just quadruple that - based on their specs. And you can see what a joke this will be.

If average L.A. to C of I is 1 to 1-1/2 hours who is going to fight traffic for 4-6 hours!!! The freeways out to C of I will be under construction for an additional 2-years just to fix the present traffic problems. Let alone this new traffic!

How do I know traffic so well. Only lived here 35 years - DUH! That junction is at a complete standstill every morning and evening. Now add 10's of thousands more. HAH! Build it I say. It will be another monument to another failed project by someone with to much money that we all can laugh at!
ugh

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Nov 16, 2010
Sounds great!!! Keep the congestion in downtown where it belongs!

Now let's get that EIR waived and get on with the show! Choooooooooooooooow!
WOW

United States

#15 Nov 16, 2010
This town is only sleazy enough for one of us?

More work for Mikey-hooray!
Streets

La Habra, CA

#16 Nov 16, 2010
Blah. Blah, Blah, Wah, Wah, Wah, blah, wah, blah.................
Bring Back The NFL to LA

Canyon Country, CA

#17 Nov 16, 2010
First of all for your information, I may reside in Santa Clarita now but before I moved up here recently I lived in Downtown for the past
10 years. My office is in downtown and I still own the condo that I use to live near Little Tokyo before I moved up here which means I still pay city taxes so I think I have more of a say about this matter than someone who doesn't even live in the city or county. There's 10 million people that live in L.A. County alone and 4 million that live in the city which is enough to support an NFL team and stadium. If people in Orange County or the Inland Empire like you feel alienated and butthurt just because the new stadium isn't close to where they live than that's their loss but I'm pretty sure that doesn't stop the tens of thousands of people outside of L.A. County from driving downtown to watch the LOS ANGELES Lakers, LOS ANGELES Clippers & LOS ANGELES Kings play every year. If the stadium in downtown is built people all over Southern California are still going to come so
my advice to people you is GET OVER IT. If you don't like it than stay home and root for the Highlanders!!
Local

Torrance, CA

#18 Nov 16, 2010
8 games a year for NFL. The site will be used a lot more for conventions and other exhibitions. No reason to get worked about it, as downtown L.A. is a better location.
TheAntiTwit

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Nov 16, 2010
Roski's plan makes the most sense from a football standpoint as it widens the fanbase considerably.

Why did LA lose 2 temas in the first place. They couldn't sell tickets 4 s#!t. Sure the owners sucked but even when the Rams and Raiders were goog attendance was a struggle. The industry site offers the maximum access for the broadest fanbase. Very simple. The LA site would of course be taxpayer subsidized in the end. The fully private funded fallacy should be shot down immediately.

I do find it funny that internet message boards have given rise to corporate fanboys LOL. "I'm an AIG fan there stadiums the best!" "Majestic rules you dirty skank!" It's like a teen pop queen debate. Hilarious!
NFLwantsDowntown

Guasti, CA

#20 Nov 16, 2010
It will probably be more than 8 games a year because the NFL is talking about 2 teams sharing the stadium like in New Jersey. AEG has said they will not schedule events at the new stadium and Staples at the same time, so that does help with the traffic issue. I agree that Roski's Industry location draws from all of Southern California and is better for the football fan that likes to tailgate, but we all go to Laker,Kings, and Clipper games Downtown. I see no problem driving or taking light-rail on a Sunday morning to go to a game Downtown.

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