Chargers, Raiders unveil new design for Carson stadium

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possible Chargers stadium in Carson

A new rendering of the proposed $1.7-billion stadium in Carson shows a side view of the open-air arena. (Manica Architecture)

CARSON, Calif. – Two months after unveiling plans and renderings for a stadium in Carson, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have completely overhauled their design for the $1.7-billion project.

The Chargers and Raiders presented their concept in New York this week to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities, composed of six team owners, Los Angeles Times reported.

Although the original renderings were created with input from only the Chargers, the new design is the result of almost two months of collaboration between the franchises.

The revised plans show a futuristic open-air venue with a peristyle intentionally reminiscent of the one at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

“We wanted the building to be iconic and sleek, like a luxury sports car,” said David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, who is designing the stadium. “Very aerodynamic, in motion, flowing lines from every angle.”

A signature element of the design is a 115- to 120-foot tower that rises through and extends above the main concourse. It would serve as a pedestal for a cauldron that would change depending on the team. When the Chargers play, simulated lightning bolts would swirl behind glass encasing the tower and, if the team were to score a touchdown, a bolt would shoot out of the top. For Raiders games, a flame would burn in the cauldron in honor of legendary team owner Al Davis.

The plan would not call for the flame to burst up from the tower in the event of a Raiders touchdown.

If the venue were to play host to a Super Bowl, the tower would be transformed into a giant Lombardi Trophy.

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  • Matthew Szabo

    We don’t want to hear from Mark Fabian he is crazy and a liar we don’t care if they Discover to new Mission Valley site that will be end of the Discussion

  • sandra

    It’s all about money and not football. I bet the Carson Council gets a few bonus checks from big business to make this happen. City of Carson is in the middle of Gangland USA. Diehard Raider fans who hate the Charger fans. You can’t put the fans of the Chargers anywhere near the City of Carson,which is a hop and skip from Compton and East L.A. All the black gangs are Raider fanatics and would beat up steal from and intimidate the Charger fans out of the area. You can’t put oil and water together just because you have a bigger frying pan. I believe the Carson area should be liable to all the Charger fans that get hurt at this stupid idea.

  • sandra

    I have hundreds of Charger memorabilia all around my home,like thousands of other San Diego Charger fans. It will be like losing a friend when I have to take all that stuff down. I will never back up the owners of this immoral stadium in the City of Carson. There’s no way I will drive up to the gang infested area all around that stadium. I will cry and have to say good bye to the Chargers.

  • Tom

    Mark Fabian and the chargers can kick rocks. I will find another team to be a fan of if they move. I will never spend another dime of my San Diego earned money on a team that abandons there home town. I would rather be a Broncos Fan that cheer on deserters.

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