The FAA has reportedly signed off on the construction of the Rams Inglewood Stadium after expressing concerns about potential air hazard problems.
The Los Angeles Rams are an American football team. Playing in the professional league, it competes in the NFL. The Rams’ base is in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
It recently relocated to Los Angeles. Before that, up until 2015, they played in St. Louis. Their playing field was the Edward Jones Dome. Now, the team will be constructing a new playing field.
The Rams Inglewood stadium will be built by The Kroenke Group. Its estimated finish date has been set for 2019. However, the development has been facing some problems.
These came from the FAA. FAA is the United States Federal Aviation Administration. The agency revealed its concerns about the stadium’s construction. These were expressed back in November 2015.
More exactly, its height and outer layer. FAA feared that the Rams Inglewood Stadium could potentially cause air hazards. The stadium’s height was considered a bit too big. Its outer layer may also be too shiny. The stadium will be situated within the LAX flight path.
It could potentially impose on the air control radar signals. The height could unwillingly create false aircraft images. Or it would lead to unstable ones on the radarscopes of the air traffic controllers.
However, the developer reached an agreement with the FAA. This will have the former installing a secondary aircraft tracking system. It will come to complement LAX’s existing one. The tracking system will mark an additional $29 million construction cost. It will be supported by the stadium’s owner.
Following the agreement, the FAA signed its approval. The new radar system will reportedly make them able to “issue a determination”. This will attest that the Rams Inglewood stadium will not cause air hazards. As such, it will not be affecting the city’s navigable airspace. It will also not be posing problems to the LAX traffic flow.
According to statements, the new system will affect construction. Neither the design nor the designated timeline will change. The stadium construction is already under construction. Reports state that site digging has already begun. Construction crews have been excavating.
Above ground work is reportedly set to begin. The FAA will also be checking another fact. They will be reviewing the construction cranes. The stadium should be finished by 2019. Its construction and development costs have been estimated at around $2.9 billion.
It will be shared by two teams. One is the aforementioned Rams. The other will be the Los Angeles Chargers. They are also based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Until the Inglewood Stadium is completed, the two team will continue playing in their current locations. The Rams are playing at the Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers will soon move. They will be playing at the StubHub Center.
The Rams Inglewood stadium will be named the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park. It will span over 298 acres. Its base capacity will be of around 70,000 people. This will be expandable to 100,000 if needed. The stadium will host the 2021 Super Bowl LV. This decission was announced in early 2016.
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