Huge Crowd Overflows Meeting For Downtown L.A. NFL Stadium Debate

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Hundreds of people met at City Hall on Friday for the first full council discussion of a proposed downtown NFL stadium.

Guests included three high school football teams, dozens of construction workers, and former Laker star Earvin “Magic Johnson.”

The City Council chamber was standing room only by mid-morning, and about 200 people were forced to stand in the City Hall Rotunda and outside in a forecourt along Spring Street.

Anschutz Entertainment Group wants to build a $1.2 billion football stadium, convention hall, and two parking structures on city-owned land downtown.

City officials recently released a draft agreement between the city and AEG that explains how the plan would be financed, including $275 million of city-issued bonds.

A committee of five members has been holding public hearings on the plan this week.

The hearing would be the first time many citizens would hear the details of the plan, Council President Eric Garcetti said.

The city’s chief legislative analyst, city consultants and AEG President Tim Leiweke planned to give presentations on the plan and answer questions from the council.


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