After months of rumors, it was made official this week: the Los Angeles Rams are setting up shop in Warner Center.
At a November 14 event at Topanga Village, the Rams and City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield announced that work will begin this week for the team's new practice facility at 21555 Oxnard Street.
“This is a monumental day for the Los Angeles Rams as we can now call Woodland Hills and the City of Los Angeles our home,” said Demoff in a news release. “We are grateful to Councilman Blumenfield for his support and to this wonderful community for welcoming us to their neighborhood. Since bringing the Rams home to Los Angeles, Stan Kroenke’s commitment to this region is unmatched and we are excited to expand our footprint and deepen our impact across the city.”
The new practice facility, planned to replace a portion of the former Anthem Blue Cross building's parking lot at Canoga Avenue and Erwin Street, will include modular trailers featuring offices, a weight room, lockers, a media room, and a media room. Two fields will be used for team practices and training.
Observers have anticipated big plans for Kroenke in Warner Center since March 2022, when he paid $150 million to acquire the site of the Promenade Mall on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Those moves were followed by his acquisition of the neighboring Anthem Blue Cross property and the Village mall, which includes roughly 600,000 square feet of commercial space. Altogether, the three sites comprise approximately 100 acres of land.
The Rams confirmed what many have expected at the public event, announcing that following completion of the practice facility, the team will explore a larger development on the surrounding land which would include a permanent headquarters and practice facility, accompanied by residential, commercial and retail uses. Those areas would be interspersed with new green spaces and community amenities.
The new practice facility is expected to open in advance of the 2024 NFL season.
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