A timeline of the NFL’s departure and return


January 31: The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This is the last time the game will be played in a stadium that is not home to an NFL team.


December 24: The Rams lose to Washington 24-21 at Anaheim Stadium and the Raiders fall to the Chiefs, 19-9, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. These are the last NFL games in the Los Angeles area for more than two decades.


April 13: By a vote of 23 to 6 (with one abstention), NFL owners approved the Rams’ move to St. Louis for the 1995 season.

Can: NFL owners approve a resolution to build a new stadium in Inglewood for the Raiders; owner Al Davis rejects the idea as she calls on him to share the stadium with another team.

11 July : In unanimous votes, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Oakland City Council approve the Raiders’ return to Oakland, 13 years after they left.


Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring is moving his team’s offices to Anaheim, in a step toward leaving the Kingdom. Also, Disney President Michael Eisner contacts the owners about building a theme park and NFL stadium next to Anaheim Stadium.

Images: getty


CAA founder and former Disney executive Michael Ovitz announces he will lead a largely privately funded $750 million project to build a stadium and shopping mall called The Hacienda in Carson, 17 miles north of downtown LA


March: The NFL assigns Los Angeles a franchise expansion contingent at a stadium site and ownership group. In October, a deal was not reached and the expansion team was assigned to Houston, which became the Texans.


Can: NFL owners agree to contribute up to $10 million for a new stadium in Carson.

Images: getty


November: Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, after a private meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, announces a preliminary agreement to bring a team back to LA


April: Majestic Realty Chairman and CEO Ed Roski unveils plans for an NFL stadium project in the City of Industry, California, 19 miles east of downtown Los Angeles


October: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill granting final approval to a proposed NFL stadium in the city of industry, allowing Roski to proceed with his $800 million project as soon as he gets an NFL franchise.


April: Wasserman Chairman and CEO Casey Wasserman and AEG Chairman and CEO Tim Leiweke propose a privately funded retractable roof stadium near the Staples Center.


January: Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Group announces a 30-year, $600-700 million naming rights deal for the proposed AEG Stadium.

August: The Los Angeles City Council approves the proposed AEG Stadium project 12-0 with a plan to open a stadium as soon as 2016.


January: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is buying 60 acres adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, for about $100 million.


February: Inglewood City Council approves plans for a stadium to be built by Kroenke/Stockbridge Capital Group.

February: The Chargers and Raiders announce a proposal for a privately funded $1.7 billion shared stadium in Carson, California.

March: AEG drops stadium proposal near Staples Center.

October: In St. Louis, National Car Rental agrees to a 20-year, $158 million naming rights deal with the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority for an NFL stadium project, ideally for the Rams.

Images: getty


January 4: The Chargers, Raiders and Rams officially file a move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

January 13: NFL owners vote 30 to 2 in a secret ballot to ratify the Rams’ move to Los Angeles. The Chargers have until January 15, 2017 to decide whether to leave San Diego. The team trademarks the terms “Los Angeles Chargers” and “LA Chargers” and agrees in principle with Kroenke on a lease to share the Inglewood stadium. The Chargers also announce plans to play at a temporary training facility in Santa Ana, Calif.

January 29: The Chargers say they will play the 2016 season in San Diego and will pursue a November vote on a stadium in downtown San Diego.

Can: The NFL awards the February 2021 Super Bowl to the under-construction SoFi Stadium.

July: The Rams open a training camp at the University of California at Irvine.

August 13: LA hosts its first NFL game in 21 seasons as the Rams defeat the Cowboys in front of a crowd of 89,140 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the team’s temporary home until SoFi Stadium opens.

September: In the first regular season home game on the market, the Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 9-3.

November: San Diego voters overwhelmingly reject a ballot initiative, 57% to 43%, that would have raised $1.15 billion from higher hotel occupancy taxes to fund a stadium and convention center combined downtown.

December: At league meeting in Irving, Texas, NFL owners unanimously ratify Chargers-Rams lease and waiver that allows Chargers to borrow half of $650 moving fee million, beyond the league’s debt limit of $250 million per club. The Chargers agree to lease property for a temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.

Images: getty


January 1st : In San Diego, the last-place Chargers end the season with a 37-27 loss to the Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium in front of 54,915 fans.

January 11: The NFL extends the Chargers’ LA option through Jan. 17, giving the club two more days, but hours later the team announces it will move to LA and play its home games at the 27,000 StubHub Center seats (now Dignity Health Sports Park) in Carson until SoFi Stadium opens.

Can: After weather-related issues delayed SoFi Stadium’s opening from the 2019 season to 2020, NFL owners voted to move the February 2021 Super Bowl from the yet-to-be-completed venue to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. .

September 17: The Chargers fall to the Miami Dolphins, 19-17, in their regular season opener in Los Angeles and finish the season 9-7.


September 13: The Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in the first event at SoFi Stadium, although no fans were in attendance due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

September 20: The Chargers suffer an overtime loss to the Chiefs, 23-20, in their opener at SoFi Stadium.


August: 68,791 fans attend the Chargers-Rams preseason game at SoFi Stadium, the venue’s first game with fans in attendance.

Images: getty


January February: SoFi Stadium becomes the first venue to host an NFL Conference Championship game (January 30, 49ers-Rams game) and a Super Bowl (February 13, Rams-Bengals) in the same season.

Comments are closed.