The St. Louis Rams are officially relocating back to Los Angeles after NFL owners approved with an unanimous 30-2 vote. The team will begin the 2016-17 NFL season at their former home, the Memorial Coliseum, before heading over to Inglewood to play in owner Stan Kroenke’s new $2 billion stadium.
After a 21-year drought without football, it is possible that Los Angeles could have two teams with the San Diego Chargers having the option to join the Rams here as soon as next year. Should the Chargers stay put, then the Oakland Raiders will be given the option to join the Rams in Inglewood in the upcoming years according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Rams to LA, with Chargers getting first crack through Jan 16, 2017, then Raiders have preference, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2016
The Rams return to Los Angeles is certainly a homecoming of epic proportions after millions of Rams Nation faithful were left behind when the team headed to St. Louis over two decades ago. As the second-largest media market in the nation behind New York, their highly-anticipated return could provide big business for not only the Rams, but other teams across the league as well.
The NFL and Los Angeles share quite a history with the very first Super Bowl being played at the Memorial Coliseum. With the Inglewood Stadium not expected to be finished until 2018, the Rams will share the stadium with the USC Trojans.