LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) -– The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams marked the start of the opening year on Tuesday with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony at SoFi Stadium was attended by the Rams owner and SoFi Stadium as well as Hollywood Park developer Stan Kroenke, Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Inglewood City Mayor James T. Butts, as well as a video message from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended.
SoFi Stadium is the first football stadium to be built in LA in nearly a century. There will be 20 NFL home games this season, along with Taylor Swift's Lover Fest West in 2021, Super Bowl LVI in 2022, and the 2028 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies.
Built for LA.
Mr. Kroenke makes it official! @SoFiStadium x #RamsHouse pic.twitter.com/408Dfwdy4e
– Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 8, 2020
Not only does the ribbon cutting ceremony begin with SoFi Stadium's first year, Spanos also says it celebrates the hard work of the many thousands of people who have brought this venue to life since it was first established in November 2016.
"When you see our house in the SoFi stadium and the development that goes with it, you must be amazed at Stan Kroenke's vision," said Spanos. “This is an iconic project, anchored by an iconic stadium, that not only redefines the city of Inglewood, but also redefines the landscape of Greater Los Angeles for the next century and beyond. It took a long time and we can't wait to usher in a new era of Chargers football on what is undoubtedly the largest stage of all sports. "
The first regular season game in the SoFi Stadium will take place on Sunday with the Rams, in which the Dallas Cowboys will be guests in the first Sunday evening game of the season – without fans "until further notice".