The Los Angeles Rams are officially back, drawing record numbers for the team's first home game back in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979. The Rams faced the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason football game on Saturday August 13th, with 90,000 fans in attendance according to the NFL. The Rams left California after the 1994 football season, but announced a relocation back to Los Angeles in January of 2016.
Since the Ram's last game in December of 1994, there has been no professional football team or games in Los Angeles. Fans lined up long before the parking lots opened at noon to tailgate at the Coliseum on Saturday, some waiting hours to get in. The Rams will continue to play games at the Coliseum until construction of the team's brand new complex in Inglewood is complete. The stadium, tentatively named the City of Champions Stadium, will hold hold 70,000 and is estimated to open in 2019.
The new Rams stadium is part of a bigger development plan following the demolition of the Hollywood Park Racetrack. Plans call for 3,000 housing units, 620,000 square feet of retail space as well as a luxury hotel built adjacent to the Ram's stadium. Construction broke ground in 2014, and work is expected to be complete in 2023.