And each time, that ball will be yanked away. Though you do tend to get numb to the pain.
Ed Roski is the latest in a long line of hucksters and snake dancers who have come to the region with promises of a stadium. Each time they fall woefully short. However, something seems different about the current stadium proposal from Roski.
It looks like it just might work.
The problem with building a stadium in California is that land is impossible to acquire and building costs are out of control. Oh, and no public funding. Residents in other areas of the world have no problem handing over tax money and land to NFL owners. Mainly because their land isn’t valuable and how much tax money are you really wasting when you have dirt roads.
California is different. The fact that the Chargers, Raiders and 49ers are playing in the worst stadiums in the NFL is no coincidence. Building in the California is nearly impossible. But Roski’s plan is already ahead of many of the numerous failed.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Roski's proposal is different from most because he controls the land necessary to build the stadium, training facilities and related development; and he already has a certified environmental impact report for the site.
The proposal suffered a setback Wednesday when state lawmakers blocked an effort by the City of Industry to divert $820 million in property tax revenue to use it for development subsidies.
If Roski is going to ask for public money, this deal is toast. If he is willing to spend his own money and use his own land, then the proposal might just work. The stadium itself is kind of ingenious. Part of the stadium will be built into a hillside, decreasing construction cost, along with all of the luxury and press boxes being housed on one side making construction a lot easier. Plus he won’t have to deal with the LA City Council or the crazy, media-whoring mayor who makes Mr. Goodell look humble.
Of course, there will be the skeptics who will complain, “but I like watching that extra game each week.” And for those people, (expletive) you. (EXPLETIVE YOU!) You know what that extra game is each week? The Giants. If anything, we should be begging for blackouts.
But in the spirit of being careful what you wish for, the stadium could start construction this fall and be ready by 2011. The same year the Raiders could get out of its lease in Oakland. Maybe Roski should keep his mouth shut.
Though – as mentioned – we’ve had the ball pulled from us so many times, we’ll wait until a team kicks off in 2011 to really get excited about this and start dreaming about what teams would move out here.