Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts is probably sick to his stomach with the news SoFi Stadium won’t be opening on time. The Los Angeles Times spoke with representatives from the Los Angeles Rams who said they have no specific date for the multibillion dollar stadium to open. The Rams also low key threw the Allegiant Stadium in the mix too.
Rams chief operating officer, Kevin Demoff, told the Times he was optimistic the stadium would open on time but wouldn’t want to rush in the climate of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is not the time you want to be finishing a stadium, in this environment as you prepare,” Demoff said. “Because it’s when you need to be all hands on deck, walking through the building every day, meeting with your staff, working out the kinks and planning for it. So when you’ve been building something for a few years, you would love an optimal environment to finish it.“
Demoff also eluded to Allegiant Stadium not opening on time for the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Our stadium, and I believe the Raiders’ stadium as well, will both be amazing when they are finished and when they will begin play, which will certainly happen in the near future, whether that’s in July, August, September, in 2021,” Demoff said. “I don’t think you can look at either of these stadiums as short-term projects to finish but rather long-term beacons for the franchises and for the NFL.”
It has been reported that one worker on the stadium has tested positive for coronavirus while another is presumed to be positive.
Members of IBEW Local 11 posted about the death of electrician, Shai Richardson, who friends say died of heart/lung complications of pneumonia, which closely resembles coronavirus symptoms. Richardson worked at SoFi Stadium.
Jeff Pash, general counsel for the NFL, echoed Demoff in saying the league is optimistic about the construction schedules but left wiggle room on both the Inglewood and Las Vegas venues.
“Each team has options in the event their stadium isn’t ready,” Pash said. “Right now, construction is proceeding in both locations in a satisfactory and on-schedule way. We’re optimistic these stadiums will be completed on time.”
Mayor Butts has been raiding the city’s reserves, with the assumption the money could be put back once the stadium opened and started generating revenue. These claims initially came about when the city’s former Budget & Finance Manager was terminated. The city has also drained some former employees retirement savings accounts without their knowledge.
Is the city of Inglewood’s FY 2020-2021 budget in jeopardy and will the city be forced to layoff employees?