St. Louis Rams owner could use Los Angeles land to build stadium for MLS expansion team

Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A detailed view of a St. Louis Rams helmet during warm ups before the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the rams 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

When it was announced that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land in Los Angeles, fans and analysts immediately thought what anyone would think when a team owner buys a large plot of land in another state — the team is moving.

The Rams have a long and storied history with Los Angeles and were the Los Angeles Rams less than 30 years ago, but it appears that a move back to LA may not be in the cards for the Rams just yet.

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the plot of land that Kroenke bought may end up being used to build a stadium for an MLS stadium, not a new home for the Rams.

Stan Kroenke reportedly is planning to buy a new Major League Soccer license to create a team to be based in Los Angeles.

While the Rams could still use the stadium in Los Angeles,the more significant news here is that the MLS is expanding to another Los Angeles team. The Journal reports that the team will be called the Los Angeles Gunners and be a sister team to the London team Arsenal of the Premier League, a team that Kroenke is a part owner of.

St. Louis seems to be keeping the Rams for the moment, but a duel purpose stadium that houses both the Rams and the Gunners wouldn’t be the first of its kind as football stadiums routinely double as soccer stadiums for the MLS.

Topics: MLS, St. Louis Rams

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  • Michael Grande

    Bring Back The Los Angeles Rams #LARAMS2015

  • Richard Taylor

    Yeah, he’s going to build a billion dollar stadium for a… soccer team? I can see a soccer team as filler for when the NFL team is on the road, but it doesn’t make sense to spend that kind of capital on a sport that won’t fill the seats.

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