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Rally Being Held to Get Carson NFL Stadium Petition Past the "Red Zone"

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    A rally is being held in Carson Saturday in an attempt to fast track a proposal for a new NFL stadum to be built in the city.

    In total, 8,041 petition signatures are needed to get the joint San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders plan before the City Council. Organizers said on Saturday they had collected more than 14,000 signatures from registered voters in Carson since March 13. 

    If they are successful, the council will then be able to approve the proposal outright or make the issue a ballot measure. Carson2gether supporters said they plan to march to Carson City Hall on Monday to deliver the 30-some boxes to the city clerk. 

    The "Red Zone Rally," named after the area between the 20 yard line and the goal in football, is scheduled to be held at noon in the Sun Court at SouthBay Pavilion on the 20700 block of Avalon Boulevard.

    "There has been widespread enthusiasm for the stadium proposal in the Carson community as evidenced by the reception our signature-gatherers have been getting as they've been engaging the city's registered voters,"  Fred MacFarlane of stadium group Carson2gether said, "We're not done gathering signatures, but it's safe to say, we're pleased with our progress."

    The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced in February they are working on a joint proposal to build a 72,000-seat stadium at Del Amo Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway in Carson. However, this is dependent on them being unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities.

    Inglewood City Council have already approved a plan by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build a stadium at the former Hollywood Park racetrack site.

    Members voted unanimously on February 24 to approve the mooted 80,000-seat stadium. Despite this, the Rams have not announced any plans of moving back to the Los Angeles area.

    LA has not had an NFL team since 1994.

    City News Service contributed to this report