It now apparently rains enough in Southern California to delay the opening of an NFL stadium.
An extraordinarily wet winter in Los Angeles delayed construction on the future home of the Rams and Chargers to the point that the teams have decided to push back their move into the new stadium until 2020, a year later than planned.
News releases issued Thursday by the Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys teams said work essentially ground to a standstill for two months between early January and early March. According to the Los Angeles Times, the city’s international airport recorded 15.4 inches of rain between November and February, more than double the average.
“In the best interest of the project, we have decided to move the opening date to summer of 2020,” the release said. “This new target gives us flexibility to accommodate any additional delays that may arise while still delivering an unparalleled experience upon opening.”
The timetable already had been tight for the stadium in Inglewood, which is expected to cost $2.6 billion. Now both teams will play the 2019 season at their temporary homes — the L.A. Coliseum for the Rams, the StubHub Center in Carson for the Chargers — before setting up shop at the new, state-of-the-art facility the following year.
It’s unclear immediately what effect, if any, the one-season delay could have on the Super Bowl after that 2020 season.
NFL rules have long held that a new stadium can’t host the Super Bowl in its first season, and the Inglewood stadium is slated to host the Super Bowl in February 2021.