The president of the Los Angeles City Council is “guardedly optimistic” that AEG’s Farmers Field project still has a heartbeat and that a downtown stadium will ultimately be the home of an NFL team.
“I still feel that it’s alive,” Councilman Herb Wesson told The Times on Tuesday, adding he is “on bended knees, praying.”
“It’s been very frustrating with the stops and starts,” said Wesson, who represents the 10th District and was instrumental in approving a deal for a privately financed stadium and an expansion of the Convention Center. The deal between AEG and the city expires in fall 2014.
“We think we can see the finish line, then [the NFL] moves it back another 10 yards. But we have to keep trying. I believe Los Angeles is the place for a team. We can’t bully our way into it. When you look at the Farmers Field project, it’s the only project in town that’s pretty much shovel-ready.”