Report: Rams negotiate to buy former mall for team facilities

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The Rams just won their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

Soon they could have a new permanent case for the two of them in Southern California.

According to a report released Thursday by the Los Angeles Timesthe Rams are in negotiations to buy a former mall on the outskirts of Los Angeles County in Woodland Hills for a new practice facility.

The site currently houses the remains of a shopping mall with a movie theater and a few restaurants. According to the report, the idea is to build a team headquarters and surround it with a mixed-use development. The 34-acre site could cost the Rams more than $150 million. The team could also organize its training camp there with fans present.

Since returning to Los Angeles in 2016, the Rams have operated out of two different buildings — one for football operations and one for business operations — about 12 miles apart. The team’s football facility is currently located in Thousand Oaks, approximately 23 miles from the proposed site.

The potential facility is just under 30 miles from SoFi Stadium.

The Chargers, who moved to Los Angeles from San Diego in 2017, announced in November that they would move into a new facility in El Segundo, Calif., in 2024. The site sits on 14 acres of land and about six miles from Sofi Stadium.

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Peggy P. Gilmore