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Gov. Brown Signs Downtown NFL Stadium Bill

The NFL stadium is one step closer to becoming a reality at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday giving Anschultz Entertainment Group legal protection from lawsuits opposing the time frame of the project, saying the $1.5 billion project will expedite the creation of jobs. 

"It's time for big thinking and big projects that put Californians back to work," Brown said.

The project will create jobs for approximately 23,000 workers during the hard economic times. However, the stadium will not begin construction until Los Angeles confirms an NFL team is coming to the city, who has not had an NFL team for more than 16 years.

According to Senate Bill 292, legal challenges have a 175-day limit and will be submited to the 2nd District Court of Appeal, rather than the Los Angeles County Superior Court where a complaint would otherwise be filed.

The legislation also requires AEG to build a carbon neutral stadium and have the lowest attendance by car of any NFL venue. AEG unveiled a temporary transportation plan to ease traffic around the stadium, which includes escorting fans to parking structures depending on the direction in which they are arriving. The bill puts the city responsible for ensuring AEG has met environmental and traffic standards.

In 2009, Majestic Reality won exemptions from state environmental laws for a competing football stadium in the city of Industry.

 

Related: AEG Presents Transportation Plan For Downtown NFL Stadium

Also Related: What AEG Must Do To Build World's Greenest Stadium

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