LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Rams relocation has plenty of people across Southern California excited, but for one local city, it means a whole lot more.
The team is expected to begin playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum until its new Inglewood stadium is ready in 2019.READ MORE: Monorail Or Heavy Rail? Metro Wants Public Input On Ambitious Project To Connect San Fernando Valley To LAX
At one restaurant in Inglewood, the “Los Angeles” Rams is not easy for everyone to swallow.
“Even though they’re coming back to Los Angeles, we’d like the name Inglewood somewhere in the title,” said Sean Mitchell, the owner of Bourbon Street Fish and Grill.
Inglewood resident Janet Hempstead seems to agree.READ MORE: Boy Killed, Young Girl Among 2 Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
“It’s here. It’s not in L.A. Why not?” Hempstead said.
The proposed $2 billion NFL stadium and nearby retail development is expected to revitalize Inglewood, a city that nearly went bankrupt after the Lakers and Kings left the Forum in 1999.
Much of the focus on the Rams return has been on “Los Angeles” — with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti hailing the news on twitter as a “great day for L.A.”
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) January 13, 2016
It is not uncommon for NFL teams to have cities outside their namesake; just look at the Dallas Cowboys who play in Arlington, or the San Francisco 49ers who play in Santa Clara.MORE NEWS: New LA Program To Give Young People Work Experience, Help Communities Hit Hard By COVID
“Inglewood is a world-class place, a world-class place to visit, and I hope a lot of people come through to take a look at the place,” Inglewood resident Duane Buggage said.