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January 30, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The owner of the St. Louis Rams has bought a large piece of land in Inglewood that potentially could be used for an NFL stadium, multiple individuals with knowledge of the transaction have told The Times. Within the last month, billionaire Stan Kroenke bought a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park, according to individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the buyer or seller. Wal-Mart originally owned the land but sold it after failing to get public approval for a superstore.
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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
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OPINION
March 19, 2013
Re "Officials roll with AEG's punches," March 16 While riding a shuttle home from Los Angeles International Airport after returning from a business trip last week, I passed Exposition Park, with its multitude of venues. As a native Angeleno who remembers visiting the museums, attending the circus at the Sports Arena and watching Rams games at the Coliseum, I was struck with nostalgia. How ironic to read just after that about the turmoil surrounding the canceled sale of entertainment giant AEG and the doubtful future of the football stadium it planned on building in downtown L.A. I understand that the neighborhood around USC has changed dramatically over the years, but given this development, are we absolutely certain that nothing can be done to revitalize what's right in front of us?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Paul McCartney will return to Los Angeles with an Aug. 10 date at Dodger Stadium, his first major L.A.-area concert since a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. A public on-sale for the concert, part of McCartney's "Out There" tour, is set for May 5, but various pre-sales will enable fans to purchase tickets as early as April 29.  Tickets for the Goldenvoice-promoted concert start at $25 and stretch to $250, not including additional surcharges. Those with the first crack at tickets will be those signed up to the mailing list on McCartney's website , which fans can do now. The site's presale will begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.  Following the PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale, preference will then be given to American Express credit card holders, who can purchase tickets beginning May 1 at 10 a.m. The remaining tickets will go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. via the Dodgers website .  The past year, like almost every year since 1964, has seen a bustle of Beatles-related activity.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Minnesota state Senate on Thursday approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing to build a $975-million stadium for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The deal guarantees the Vikings' future in Minnesota for three decades and removes the possibility of them moving to Los Angeles to become the NFL team here. The Vikings will pay $477 million of the stadium costs, the public $348 million and the city of Minneapolis $150 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1991
There seems to be a growing concern by nonsmokers to curb all smoking at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium even though there are designated areas for nonsmokers. I guess I've been fortunate in having sat next to considerate smokers who leave their seats to have a cigarette or do not exhale in my direction. I wonder if these same people pushing for a nonsmoking stadium would object to making the stadium a nondrinking stadium. Regardless of whether it's "only beer" people are drinking, they still become loud and obnoxious, and spill their beer recklessly on surrounding fans' hair and clothes.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Planning a Super Bowl party and wondering how to lay out the spread? Get creative and build a stadium out of food! It takes a little planning, but a food stadium can be loads of fun to build, and you can scale it to suit the size of your party. Planning a large crowd? Build a massive stadium with all sorts of snacks, simple main dishes, and even desserts. If you're limiting the gang, have fun stacking a few items around a favorite dip or spread. PHOTOS: Tips for building your own food football stadium In the video at the top, I describe how to build a stadium of snacks for the big game (and deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock walks you through an amazing game day cocktail)
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September 28, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles took its biggest step yet toward luring the NFL back after a 17-year absence, signing off on crucial agreements for a new downtown stadium even as uncertainty continues to shroud the ownership of the company seeking to build the $1.2-billion facility. City Council members unanimously approved an array of documents that will clear the path for 72,000-seat Farmers Field, billed as the most environmentally friendly stadium in NFL history, to rise on the southwest edge of downtown.
SPORTS
May 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The Minnesota Vikings' stadium quest took an initial but significant step forward Monday when a financing proposal passed the state House. The next challenge comes Tuesday in the state Senate. Monday's 73-58 House vote came after much debate. But it provided the first major victory in an attempt by the franchise to replace the aging Metrodome - and, very possibly, keep the Vikings in Minnesota - that started back in the mid-1990s. “It was the first hurdle, a couple more to go,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said after Monday night's vote,  the first of four needed before a plan reaches the governor.
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September 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - The Oakland Athletics' need for a new stadium was highlighted again Tuesday night when a sewage backup from a bathroom adjacent to the A's dugout forced players and coaches to watch the final three innings of their 2-1 walk-off win over the Angels from the top step. The problem wasn't as severe as the massive sewage backup that spilled into both clubhouses in June, forcing players from the A's and Seattle Mariners to shower in the Oakland Raiders' locker room at O.co Coliseum.
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April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Beyonce and Jay Z surprised festival-goers at Coachella last weekend with a few unannounced appearances . But music's most famous couple have a bigger trick up their sleeves: a summer stadium run. The married superstars will launch their first joint tour in June, a source close to the production told The Times. Page Six first broke news of a trek that is slated to hit 20 cities in the U.S., including a possible Fourth of July appearance in New York City. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations Expected to be named, aptly, the Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour, according to our source, the U.S. leg will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap Aug. 6 in San Francisco.
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April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014
Really? An oversized, ugly mascot running around at Dodger Stadium [April 9]? The Dodgers have finally stooped this low? Maybe I'm glad I can't watch Dodgers games on TV anymore. At least I have Vinny for three innings on radio. Don't think I'll have to worry about him describing this latest lack of class. Mike Popov San Clemente ::: No, no, no, no and no. Listen carefully, Dodgers: Drop the "non-mascot" thingy, slowwwwwly back away, and nobody gets hurt. L.A. already has the world's greatest baseball fans, who adore the team, partly because it has never needed such obviously contrived marketing gimmicks to sell tickets or attract fans.
OPINION
April 10, 2014
Re "Team dusts off an old way to stadium," April 4 With the new baseball season comes an old problem: congestion on the streets around Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' new ownership is making significant investments in the team, stadium and community, and that's creating excitement for this season. The Dodgers want the best experience for fans and neighbors alike. Now it's time for the city to do its part and work with the team and the community to improve on the current traffic mess.
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September 21, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest person in Los Angeles and a potential AEG buyer, attended the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game Thursday night as a guest of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. That's an interesting pairing because Richardson is the former chairman of the NFL's stadium committee, and if Soon-Shiong were to purchase AEG, he presumably would take the handoff from Philip Anschutz to push the proposed downtown L.A. stadium Farmers Field across the goal line. The Times has reported that AEG is expecting the sales price for the entertainment company to be in the range of $5 billion to $7 billion.
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February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was a partylike atmosphere on Saturday morning at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where the Knights unveiled their new $3-million baseball stadium and had a special guest, Neil Diamond, on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline. " There were celebrities everywhere. Pete Rose and Reggie Smith were there. Larry King, whose son is a freshman on the baseball team, was shaking hands and allowing lots of people to shoot selfies. Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, who helped design the stadium and asked Diamond, his good friend, to sing, was beaming with pride.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
He was booed at Dodger Stadium and two days later wasn't even the most fawned over Paul in his own building. Whoever cued up the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" inside Staples Center on Sunday might as well have been playing an ode to Chris Paul. The song was intended as a tribute to Paul McCartney, who rose from his seat across from the Clippers' bench in the first quarter of their 120-97 victory over the Lakers and obligingly danced when shown on the scoreboard. But there was certainly an undercurrent of truth to the words as they relate to the point guard, who somehow still irks giant swaths of a city simply because he plays for the Clippers instead of its beloved Lakers.
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April 5, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul went to see the Dodgers' home opener Friday afternoon and got what has become his regular treatment when he visits Dodger Stadium. Paul was booed by the Dodgers faithful yet again. Yes, Paul plays for the Clippers and has them on the brink of accomplishing some big things. But, as Paul has said before and said again Saturday at practice, this is a Lakers town. So when they showed Paul's face on the video board before the game against the hated San Francisco Giants, the All-Star point guard was treated like he was a member of the Giants.
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