INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Detail view of Los Angeles Rams logo on the field in the end zone during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams on October 30, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rams relocating to Woodland Hills: headquarters and……..

Rams relocating to Woodland Hills: headquarters and practice facility

WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles Rams have announced their plan to build their first permanent headquarters and training complex since the franchise returned to California.

The Rams will relocate to their new location in the upcoming year, initially using modular trailers that resemble the makeshift complex they have been housed in Thousand Oaks since 2016.

While the announcement was made Wednesday in Woodland Hills, the Rams’ intentions have been widely known over the past two years since owner Stan Kroenke began buying nearly 100 acres of property in the area, including two adjoining malls.

The team plans to move before training camp opens in July, so they have already started planting grass for their new practice fields.

Since Kroenke moved the Rams back home to the Los Angeles area from St. Louis in 2016, the team has practiced and worked in that temporary complex on the edge of the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, an outer suburb of Los Angeles.

It’s a special moment for Rams COO Kevin Demoff, who has close ties to the Woodland Hills community.

“For me, this has come full circle. “I am very used to this commute to Fallbrook mall,” he joked during Tuesday’s announcement celebration. “My first job, my first internship was at the Fallbrook mall… Hot Dog on a Stick.”

“It brings me back. I spent a lot of weekends playing pick-up basketball at Canoga Park High School, so I was in this neighborhood a lot. I never imagined at Hot Dog on a Stick we’d be building a new, huge practice facility here to bring the World Champion Rams back.”

Coach Sean McVay built a team that reached two Super Bowls and won the championship after the 2021 season while working out of spare, modular trailers on a site that lacks any indoor practice fields as protection from the area’s high winds, among many other standard amenities in the modern league.

The Thousand Oaks facility is roughly 50 miles from SoFi Stadium, which opened in 2020. The new training complex will be roughly half that distance from the Rams’ palatial home venue.

“This is something the community has been looking forward to,” said L.A. Councilman Bob Blumenfield. “The building of the field is going to happen really quick.

We’ve got it approved through the city, lightening speed. It is a fantastic day for the entire city of Los Angeles, not just Woodland Hills and the 3rd District, which I represent.”

Kroenke is finally getting started on a project that is expected to raise the Rams up to the standard reached by many NFL teams’ training setups.

Like he did with the stadium, the billionaire real estate developer plans to incorporate retail, commercial, and residential spaces in the complex.

The Los Angeles Chargers, who share Kroenke’s SoFi Stadium with the Rams, will open a new 150,000-square-foot training complex next year in El Segundo, an oceanside suburb just a few miles from the stadium.

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