LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A search is underway in Southern California for a temporary stadium for one or more National Football League teams, according to reports.

NFL officials began issuing proposal requests to multiple venues – including the Los Angeles Coliseum and Rose Bowl in Pasadena – with the intent of securing a temporary home for the 2016 season in the event of a return to the market, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The league is reportedly hoping to identify potential stadiums prior to a scheduled special meeting of NFL owners on Aug. 11 in
Chicago to update them on the L.A. situation and to further define the schedule for one or two potential club relocations.

Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, told The Times the process of issuing requests has begun.

“It is part of the process and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well thought-out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate,” Hardart told The Times, declining to identify sites other than the Coliseum and Rose Bowl.

League executives in the past have also referenced the viability of Dodger Stadium as a potential temporary venue.

The NFL has been without a presence in the L.A market since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders headed back to Oakland. Both franchises have been named as potential relocation teams.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is proposing a stadium in Inglewood, and the Raiders have joined forces with the San Diego Chargers to back a stadium plan in Carson.

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