CARSON, Calif. – A newly released video narrated by Kiefer Sutherland is the latest pitch to build an NFL stadium in Carson.
The NFL and Carmen Policy, made a pitch to the public and more importantly team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The pitch is about adding an open-air stadium, among a half dozen other features, in Carson near the 405 freeway. The proposed stadium could hold two NFL teams.
In the video, Sutherland explains how the space would be used as a stadium, outdoor concert venue, studio for NFL Network, playground for young fans, farmers market for locals while still offering exclusive access to high-profile attendees.
Lightning bolts, flame scrubbed from stadium design
A signature element is missing from the latest renderings of the $1.7-billion stadium the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders want to build in Carson, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Previous plans called for a tower that extends 115 to 120 feet through and above the main concourse of the sleek, futuristic stadium. The tower’s cauldron would change depending on the team: simulated lightning bolts shooting out of a glass ball for the Chargers and a massive flame in honor of legendary owner Al Davis when the Raiders play.
But the eye-catching features aren’t included in 18 images presented to NFL owners last week and made public Monday.
Stadium backers confirmed that the design elements have been scrubbed from the plans. No reason was given, other than the previous renderings, released in April, were preliminary in nature.
Instead, an enormous Lombardi Trophy replaces the lightning bolts and flames as a focal point of the stadium. Ten of the renderings include views of the silver trophy from various angles, topped by a larger-than-life football.
The concourse around the trophy’s top has been reimagined as a 56,000-square-foot bar with sweeping views of the field.
The remainder of the stadium’s design — including flowing bands that wrap around the outside of the structure — is largely unchanged.