By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
When the Los Angeles Rams kick-off the 2020 NFL season this week in Inglewood it will be another new page in the team’s history. It will be a culmination of many things after returning to Los Angeles in 2016.
The franchise was founded in 1936 with owner Homer Marshmam and Player/Coach Damon Wetzel. The team won its first title in 1945. The team then moved to Los Angeles the following season.
The team claimed another Championship in 1951 while playing at the Coliseum. They moved down Interstate five to Anaheim and played in Angel Stadium until moving to St. Louis in 1994. Five years later with the “Greatest Show on Turf” they won Super Bowl XXXIV.
That win put the team in elite company. They are the only NFL team to win three Championships in three different cities- (Cleveland 1945, Los Angeles 1951 and St. Louis 1999).
This week the Rams will be playing in the privately funded new state of the art SoFi Stadium. Team owner Stan Kroenke has had his dream of a new stadium come true. After returning from St. Louis for the Rams “Second Era” in Los Angeles the team temporarily called the L.A. Memorial Coliseum home. They were good enough to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
The ground-breaking for SoFi took place in November 17, 2016. Joining Kroenke that day was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell,
Inglewood Mayor James Butts and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Jones who was born in Inglewood and was instrumental in getting the Rams back in Los Angeles letting the owners know it was “best for the league” if that team was here.
By August of 2020 both the Rams and Los Angeles Chargers had scrimmages there.
In September of 2019 SoFi a personal financial group agreed to pay 30 million dollars over a 20-year period for the naming rights to the stadium. However due to COVID 19 the stands will be empty.
The 70,240-seat stadium was built mainly for football with a cost just under 5 billion dollars making it the most expensive sports venue ever built. However; it already has line of some of the biggest names in entertainment including: Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesley and WrestleMania 2021.On the Gridiron it will host Super Bowl LVI and the 2023 College Football National Championship Game.
All that’s good for the future, but for this week its all Rams.