Yesterday, a cadre of local officials and former athletes joined NFL Commissioner and Rams owner Stan Kroenke to break ground on the Rams' highly anticipated Inglewood stadium.

The $2.66-billion project, located at the former Hollywood Park racetrack, will seat over 70,000 spectators for NFL games starting in 2019.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the facility could also play host to events such as the NCAA Final Four, the College Football Playoffs and events for the LA 2024 Olympic bid.

Designed by HKS Architects, the as-of-yet unnamed stadium is highlighted by a swooping roof canopy, composed of metal borders and a lightweight fabric known as ETFE.

The Rams' new home will serve as the centerpiece of the larger redevelopment of Hollywood Park, which is being lead by real estate firms Wilson Meany and Stockbridge Capital Group.  At completion, the 298-acre site which encompasses the stadium will also feature approximately 3,000 residential units, 620,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, a 300-key hotel and 25 acres of public parks.

Rendering of the Los Angeles Rams Stadium (Image: HKS Architects)

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Western Avenue Great Streets Project Expands in Scope

An extra $200,000 could pay for more items from a community wish list.

The people-friendly makeover imagined for Western Avenue through Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative could be getting a little bit grander in scope.

The project, dubbed "Welcome to Western," is intended to bring commercial facade improvements, new street trees, and public art installations to Western Avenue between 3rd Street in the south and Melrose Avenue in the north.  LA Más, the non