Kroenke's proposed Inglewood stadium faces scrutiny from the FAA

Inglewood Mayor James Butts is really looking forward to NFL football coming back to his city. As you know, Inglewood's proposed stadium, on the old Hollywood Park racetrack area, backed by the wealthy owner of the Rams, has its approvals and prep work has already begun and ground breaking is supposed to be next month.

It's competing with a proposed stadium in Carson to be financed by the Raiders and Rams. Which one will it be? The NFL, currently meeting in New York, says there will be a vote in January or February. Maybe. Meantime, a small potential problem.

A new preliminary report by the FAA says the Inglewood stadium is '''presumed to be a hazard to navigation." Ouch. Basically the concern is the height of the buildings and their reflective properties (hotel, restaurant, retail, stadium) might interfere with radar operations tracking flights into LAX about 2 miles away.

Butts says ''It's not even a bump in the road'', that the plans can be altered if this proves to be a legitimate concern. Buildings could be lowered, even covered with anti reflective material that doesn't pose a problem for radar. He says ''we have to deal with reality, and the reality is we're ready to go.''

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