AEG Would Manage L.A. Convention Center As Part Of NFL Plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of AEG says he is pursuing a deal for the company to manage the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of a plan to bring an NFL team to downtown.

AEG President Tim Leiweke said Tuesday that he and City Councilwoman Jan Perry have discussed a plan to redevelop one of the convention center’s halls into an exhibition space that could double as an NFL stadium.

Under the plan, AEG would put up at least $1 billion for the hall’s construction and be awarded a management contract for the entire complex.

Planners of a separate stadium some 15 miles east of Los Angeles said Monday they’re tweaking their design to lure World Cup soccer matches. Leiweke mentioned the World Cup as an event that could take place in the downtown stadium as well.

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  1. alfredo says:

    WE DO NOT NEED ANYMORE SPORTS TEAMS IN THIS AREA!! WHAT IS UP WITH THIS CITY TRYING TO GET A FOOTBALL TEAM OUT HERE? AND BY LURING A TEAM FROM ELSEWHERE IS FLAT OUT WRONG. WE LOST THE RAIDERS AND THE RAMS FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON, NO FANS WOULD SUPPORT THE TEAM. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK ANYONE WOULD SUPPORT THEM AGAIN? ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE BROUGHT FROM ANOTHER CITY. YOU NEED TO GIVE UP THE IDEA. CLOSE THE BOOK ON THIS ISSUE WILL YA!

  2. alfredo says:

    WHY DOESN’T AEG USE THE MONEY FOR A BETTER RESOURCE, A USEFUL IDEA. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT ON A MEANINGLESS STRUCTURE WHEN IT CAN VERY WELL BE USED FOR OTHER BETTER THINGS. HOMELESS FOR INSTANCE. THINK OF SOMETHING USEFUL AND MEANINGFUL TO THE COMMUNITY. LOOK AROUND YOU. WHAT DO YOU SEE? YOU GUYS ARE ALL BLIND! AND THAT IS INDEED VERY SAD.

  3. Ryan says:

    Alfredo you’re an idiot. This is LOS ANGELES and to say we don’t need a professional football team here to represent our city couldn’t be any further from the truth. Might I remind you that AEG is the same group responsible for the staples center and ALL of L.A. Live which has done wonders for the cities recent economic growth and gentrification. AND F.Y.I these fans did support the Raiders and Rams but with owners like Al Davis and Georgia Frontiere running N.F.L teams, you CAN’T blame them. It was beyond our control when they decided to leave. So only a blind man would argue that point when most Angelenos are STILL proud Raider fans. Lastly, AEG is a business and anybody who runs a business will tell you that they’re in it for success and profit. If you insist on being a thorn in ones side, so be it. So go ahead and be a superhero, Visit the L.A mission in skid row and pay your debt to that of which you’re so hung up about because the only blindness I see appears to be within you.

  4. Vic says:

    Alfredo, I second that…you are an idiot. It’s not about the homeless it’s about the mighty dollar! You won’t make money feeding and housing the homeless, but you sure can make tons of cash bringing football to Los Angeles. And for the record, L.A. fans didn’t cause their football teams to leave, it was the lack of support by the politicians and greed of the owners.

  5. Joe from HB says:

    Don’t back a stadium that doubles as a convention center. That’s exactly what St. Louis has for the Rams now and it miserable! Football should be played outside and on grass. I would support the stadium in industry long before one in LA!

  6. line446 says:

    The plan makes sense in the abstract, but neither AEG nor Jan Perry (who is in their pocket) are to be trusted. I hope this project is subjected to meaningful review by someone who doesn’t place AEG’s interests above the residents of LA.

  7. dontcallmeshirley says:

    The city of Los Angeles already lost prime real estate to AEG when they gave up the north hall of the convention center to staples center.The city as yet to see any
    money from that transaction.AEG isonly interested in making money for the few chosen ones,ask any employee who works at either LA Live or STAPLES and you can bet it is only part time work for minimum wage.

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