Rams eyeing former Los Angeles mall site for new practice facility

The Rams could pay more than $150 million for a 34-acre site, which would be big enough to hold a summer training camp with fans in attendanceGETTY PICTURES

The Rams are in negotiations to “purchase the site of the former Woodland Hills Promenade mall and build a team practice facility there,” according to sources cited by LA TIMES’ Shaikin, Vincent & Farmer. If the deal goes through, the Rams “could pay more” than $150 million for the 34-acre site, which “would be big enough to hold a summer training camp with fans in attendance.” The Rams trained at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks but “held training camp at UC Irvine.” The Chargers announced in November that they had agreed to move their training facility from Costa Mesa to El Segundo, as part of a “training complex that would include team headquarters.” The Woodland Hills site is “big enough for Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build a practice facility and team headquarters there, then surround it with a mixed-use development.” This “would echo his strategy at SoFi Stadium: buy the property, build the stadium, then develop the land around it.” The Rams project “would not be the first effort to turn mall property into a sports facility.” Several years ago, the Dodgers “considered moving one of their minor league teams to a new stadium to be built on the property” (THE TIMES, 2/25).


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