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Los Angeles 2024 adds new NFL stadium to Olympics plan

LA24 has said it will include a new stadium that will be constructed to house the relocated Los Angeles Rams NFL American football franchise in the Californian city’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games.

The new facility, which will be built in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles County, will cost an estimated $2bn (€1.8bn) and is due to be completed in time for the 2019 NFL season. When open, the 80,000-seat venue will serve as the new home of the Rams, which recently opted to move back to the city after a spell in St. Louis.

The yet-to-be constructed venue was first pitched by Rams owner Stan Kroenke as part of his plans for the team to relocate to Los Angeles. After being granted approval from the NFL to move back to the city, Kroenke will now push on with construction of the new stadium.

LA24 chairman Casey Wasserman revealed the plans in a conference call, saying that the stadium will form a “key” part of the bid moving forward.

“When the stadium became a certainty, it was too late in the process to include it in a meaningful way, other than to reference that it was a certainty and going to be happening,” Wasserman said. “But, suffice to say, the most expensive and most technologically advanced stadium ever built will certainly be a key part of our plans.”

However, despite confirming that the stadium will form part of the LA24 bid, Wasserman did not go into further detail as to how the venue would be used if the city is selected as host for the 2024 Games.

“When we are ready to tell people how we’re going to use all of the facilities on a definitive scale beyond where we are today, then we'll do that at the right time, but not today,” Wasserman added.