by Kara New
For the last two decades Los Angeles and Orange County have been without NFL teams. Discussions are now going on saying the powder blue San Diego Chargers and the silver and black Oakland Raiders will partner up and share a $1.7 billion NFL Stadium in Carson California. Ken Belson of the New York Times wrote, “The teams said that they had tried to find a stadium solution for many years in their home markets and that they would continue to work to find publicly acceptable solutions in 2015.”
This specific Carson sight has been of interest to the NFL since the 1990s. The site is accessible from both Los Angeles and Orange County, and within a 90-minite drive from the Inland Empire and San Diego County. The land that the stadium would be built on is quite large so it will allow the architects and designers to create a remarkable, enjoyable and spacious environment for fans on game days. Building a stadium near a busy freeway comes problems. “Building a stadium in Carson would have challenges. The land abuts Interstate 405, so traffic may be a concern, and the teams would have to obtain permits,” Belson stated in the New York Times.
The Chargers have been seeking a Stadium solution in San Diego area for nearly fourteen years and the Raiders have been working on stadium solutions with Oakland and Alameda County for about six years, but both have not made much progress. Sam Farmer of the New York Times said, “The reason the franchises would be able to privately finance a stadium in Carson, as opposed to their own cities, is that the L.A. market could better support the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of preferred seat licenses, one-time payments for the right to buy a season ticket. The teams would also get revenues from naming rights; sponsorship and advertising would be far more lucrative than in smaller markets.”
But we cannot forget about the fans and players. Recently retired Nick Hardwick stated on ESPN.com to reporter Eric D. Williams, “The Chargers belong in San Diego. For every fan who’s ever cheered for a Chargers team and for any guy who’s ever worn a uniform, all of our legacies are encapsulated in San Diego.” Although a new stadium sounds luxurious, there is much to take into consideration. Reporter Amber Lee from KTVU.com sat down with a Raider fan that commented, "We're the biggest Raider fans. We love our Raiders. We've been losing for the last decade but I hope we have enough say so that we can keep them here." As arguments are taking place, and decisions are being made, both teams have to wait patiently for an answer. Will the two rival NFL football teams come together and be the roommates they never wanted?