Construction Underway at Hollywood Park Site Despite Uncertainty of Rams Move

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A small yellow pipe protrudes from the dirt on a massive construction site in Inglewood, where billionaire owner Stan Kroenke envisions the new home of his relocation-minded St. Louis Rams.

Giant machines called "scrapers" are moving the dirt and changing the landscape of the former Hollywood Park site in Inglewood where an NFL stadium will eventually be constructed. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

Giant machines called “scrapers” are moving the dirt and changing the landscape of the former Hollywood Park site in Inglewood where an NFL stadium will eventually be constructed. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

The pipe — dwarfed by heavy machinery and nearby mountains of crushed concrete — marks where the 50-yard line would be at the futuristic $1.86-billion venue.

In response to requests by The Times, the project’s developers agreed to give the first tour of the nearly 300-acre site since the proposal’s announcement in January. The Hollywood Park site, located about four miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, is almost three times the size of Vatican City.

“We said we wanted to be in position to start building in a year,” said Chris Meany, development manager for the Hollywood Park Land Co. “And as you can see, we’ve done it. We are ahead of where we said we’d be.”

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