Demoff: Coronavirus could hamper construction of Kroenke's mega LA stadium

He would not give a firm opening date to the Los Angeles Times.

Tom Franklin
April 03, 2020 - 10:47 am
Stan Kroenke and Kevin Demoff

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams, walks out of the tunnel with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff (L) and VP Football & Business Administration Tony Pastoors (R) prior the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, Ca. (KMOX) — There's concern growing in Los Angeles that Stan Kroenke's new dream stadium may not be ready for opening kickoff.

His right-hand man, Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, tells the Los Angeles Times the COVID-19 pandemic could impede construction.

“This is not the time you want to be finishing a stadium, in this environment as you prepare,” Demoff said. “Because it’s when you need to be all hands on deck, walking through the building every day, meeting with your staff, working out the kinks and planning for it. So when you’ve been building something for a few years, you would love an optimal environment to finish it. “

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He did not give the Times a possible opening date.

SoFi Stadium had been set to open July 25th with a Taylor Swift concert. The NFL schedule for the 2020 season is expected to be released in May.

One construction worker at SoFi Stadium tested positive for coronavirus. Another is a presumptive positive case.

A big part of how Kroenke convinced NFL owners to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles was the new, multi-billion dollar stadium that will be shared with the Los Angeles Chargers.

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