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Petition Backing NFL Stadium for Carson Delivered to City Hall

A major step was taken toward getting an NFL stadium built in Carson after a petition was delivered to city hall.

While 8,041 signatures were needed, the group Carson2gether managed to get almost double that number.

More than 40 boxes full of paper were handed over to officials Wednesday calling for the city council to immediately discuss the proposed joint San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders stadium.

It comes after a rally was held last weekend in the city in an attempt to secure the required number of signatures. The council will now be able to approve the proposal outright or make the issue a ballot measure. 

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 has 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.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday it is not good enough the city does not have a franchise.

"I don't think it's good that we've let a generation of fans, young kids, grow up without a team," Kraft said. "It's not good for the NFL. I really believe within the next year we'll have two teams in this market. We have some real good options."

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