The LA Times is reporting that Stan Kroenke’s 2.6 billion dollar Inglewood NFL palace has been delayed a year due to record rainfall, which temporarily halted the project at the worst possible time.
The weather brought work on the project to a standstill for two months earlier this year. The rain fell at a crucial stage of construction when work centered on digging the enormous hole — 5 million cubic yards of dirt were excavated — in which the stadium will sit. At times, the site looked like a lake, with water standing 12 to 15 feet deep.
Nearby Los Angeles International Airport received 15.4 inches of rain from November through February, more than double the average amount.
Developers offered several reasons why the two-month delay can’t be made up over the next two years, among them an already ambitious timetable that left little room for surprises and the lack of scheduling flexibility for a stadium housing two teams.
With the future home of the Rams and Chargers delayed an extra year, the Chargers will probably negotiate an extension of the lease the team originally signed with AEG, if there isn’t already a clause in place.
Which honestly, isn’t good news for anyone. The delay is costing Kroenke tens of millions of dollars, and the Galaxy are now housing an NFL team another year longer they they’d probably like.