AEG Releases Environmental Impact Report For Proposed Stadium

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Anschutz Entertainment Group released Thursday a 10,000-page environmental impact report for its proposed $1.5 billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

In an executive summary of the report, AEG says it will pay for upgrades at 73 intersections in the area surrounding the stadium.

It will also commit $10 million to pay for an expanded light rail platform at 11th and Hope streets, as well as $2.5 million to add a lane on the 101 Freeway to prevent traffic backups onto the 110 Freeway.

“Light rail is going to play a huge roll here, because I think Farmers Field is the first time, a major project that is a destination that can change the habits of how people travel to those events,” President Tim Leiweke said.

The traffic analysis prepared by The Mobility Group predicts football games would bring about 19,500 new car trips to downtown on game days.

The report estimates that 20 percent of fans would take public transit for weekday games and 15 percent on weekends. About 7 percent of fans would walk to games on weekdays, 3.5 percent on weekends, the report predicts.

The entire report was posted on the city Planning Department’s website.

The EIR is scheduled to go through a 45-day public comment period, although Councilman Bill Rosendahl said Wednesday he wanted to extend it to 90 days, given its size. Once approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the report would be open to legal challenges for 175 days.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in September 2011 that created special legal protections for the proposed stadium.

Earlier this week, billionaire developer Philip Anschutz said he’s also willing to buy an NFL team to bring football back to Los Angeles.

After reports surfaced that NFL executives aren’t pleased with the company’s plans, Leiweke told reporters the company is also willing to revamp the Los Angeles Convention Center.

AEG President Tim Leiweke talks about Farmers Field with KNX 1070.

The company has proposed building Farmer’s Field, a state-of-the-art sports stadium and convention center that would be completed by 2016.

“As a company, you name me one project AEG’s been involved in that we didn’t finish,” Leiweke told CBS2. “Whether that be Staples Center, a partnership with Dr. Buss and the Lakers, whether it be L.A. Live, whether it be the Convention Center hotel, whether it be the Home Depot Center, whether it be the L.A. Galaxy, and now, proud to say the Kings and the winning ways that they’re on here. Every project we ever started, we’ve finished.”

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  • Nancy Bernard

    None of these stories say EXACTLY where this proposed stadium is going. As a native L.os Angeleno – I assume “Farmers Field” is near Convention Center and Staples — but WHERE EXACTLY????? Does it go as far as Los Angles St. ? West to Broadway? South to Pico? As far as Olympic? Why not SPECIFICALLY say where Farmer’s Field is…..????

  • Brandon

    It’s going between Staples Center and the 110.

  • Lifetime Charger Fan

    The Chargers have been down in Diego county too long. It’s time to bring the Los Angeles Chargers back home to Los Angeles.

  • ginny

    AEG can spout $ amounts on what they are willing to pay for rail stations, intersection impovements, etc., but it won’t cover the full cost of any of those things. REMEMBER, the Mayor and City Council guaranteed that this all would be built without costing the residents a single penny. Not looking like that to me. Something tells me we’re in for a big hit on our pockets. And whats the bottom line for ongoing costs to us once this mess is built?

    • ginny

      We also seem to have a large group of so called intelligent grown men that must believe that ‘if you build it, they will come’, when it comes to a team to actually play here. Wouldn’t that be a real kick.

    • Astonished

      By the time this prodject begins the “mayor” will be long gone and not caring what his “promises” will ultimately do to the public and taxpayers. Its already almost impossible to get into downtown L.A. during freeway “rush” hours, I don’t even want to comptemplate what it will be like on days when that stupid stadium is in use. And if there is a large event going on at L.A. Live, no one will get home for days, I don’t care what so-called improvements AEG promises to make.

  • bnm

    As of the last time I heard anything about NFL teams comming to L.A., there were none. And the the new statium cannot be built until they find an NFL team willing to come to L.A. Personally I hope it stays that way.

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