March 25, 2011 |
Even though the labor crisis has the NFL at a standstill, the effort to bring a pro football team back to Los Angeles is moving forward. AEG, proposing to build an NFL stadium/event center in downtown L.A., has taken another step in that direction by selecting Gensler to design the estimated $1 billion venue, The Times has learned. L.A.-based Gensler was one of three finalists, with the other two being the firms HNTB and HKS. It's something of a coup that AEG chose Gensler, which has never designed an NFL stadium, considering HNTB is responsible for Invesco Field in Denver and HKS drew up the plans for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP rift on display at conference," March 17 Many of the Republicans who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week seemed to think that the problem with their party was the wrapping, not the package. They seem to miss the point that what's inside the package is the problem. When CPAC speaker Mitt Romney said privately to a group of wealthy donors during his presidential campaign that he could write off about 47% of voters, he put into words what many Republicans think.
October 12, 2012 |
Love Dodger Stadium? Think it only needs some minor modernizing, just some tender loving care? Want to give it a big hug before you go to bed every night? Or are you the kind of pragmatist who believes it's had one helluva run, but it's now time for Los Angeles to have a modern stadium. To join the current millennium. Time to bring out the wrecking ball. Want answers? You're not going to get them now, at least regarding the long term. Dodgers Chief Executive Stan Kasten is focused on what he calls an aggressive off-season plan to respond to 51-year-old ballpark's most pressing current needs.
February 25, 2013 |
And here we go again … The Times' Sam Farmer picks up on a Business Daily report that says the NFL has had direct talks with the Dodgers' new owners about putting an NFL stadium in the Dodger Stadium parking lots. Cats don't have this many lives. At some point, you have to wonder whether the NFL ever wants to come back to Los Angeles. It has so much fun just talking about it. The idea was a good one when Peter O'Malley wanted to do it back in the Bronze Age, but it's tired now and hard to imagine the city getting all excited about starting this stadium process over again.
October 31, 1998
When Michael Ovitz is able to prove that 16 million people can drive to Carson in 30 minutes, I will gather two or three of my friends and write a check to underwrite in full his proposed stadium and mall. GORDON COHN, Long Beach Michael Ovitz and the Carson City Council want a football stadium in Carson. They promise that it would be an economic boon to the city. If Ovitz is so convinced that an NFL stadium in Carson will be such a benefit to the city, then surely he will want to live in Carson near the stadium.
November 25, 2013 |
Is rocker Jon Bon Jovi angling to be an NFL owner? According to a report by CBS' Jason La Canfora, Bon Jovi is "consumed" with buying an NFL team and is positioned to make a play for the Buffalo Bills when they eventually are up for sale. Bills owner Ralph Wilson, 95, has said the team will not remain in his family after his death. The CBS report, citing unnamed source, said Rogers Communications in Toronto is the "prime suitor" for the franchise, but that Bon Jovi "has spent considerable time in the area getting to know politicians and power brokers and even added a [concert]