Wednesday, September 07, 2011
ANGELES -- As AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke stood on a makeshift football field outside the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the future home of Farmers Field, he said he envisioned standing on an actual football field inside a new state-of-the-art 64,000-seat football stadium by 2015. His goal is to host the 50th Super Bowl in early 2016 in the same city that hosted the first Super Bowl in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
For this to happen, the stadium would require a waiver from the NFL owners voting on the Super Bowl location since all stadiums considered for hosting a Super Bowl must be in operation for at least one calendar year before the game. The league will likely vote on the location for the 50th Super Bowl in late May 2012 and it is uncertain whether construction of the proposed downtown stadium would be underway by then.