Less than a year ago, the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams watched as the final piece of steel was hoisted into place in the seating bowl of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, topping out the steel structure of one of the most remarkable venues ever constructed.
But on Monday, a new milestone was celebrated as the teams and many members from their organizations were on hand to commemorate the completion of the outer shell of the iconic canopy that will sit above the stadium bowl, Champions Plaza and the performance venue.
The first part of the canopy shell was erected last August and weighed 2.2 million pounds. The final piece was laid seven months later.
“I think all of us are so fortunate that we’re watching history being made,” said Inglewood Mayor, James T. Butts Jr. “This must be somewhat reminiscent of the people who watched the Rose Bowl coming up, the Coliseum coming up, Dodger Stadium coming up. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and the people who are around right now, in five years when the topography of the city has changed, will say, ‘I remember when it was all born.’”
“Seeing it here, and seeing it actually take shape with the roof line being finished off, it’s a big step,” added Chargers President of Business Operations, A.G. Spanos. “It’s an exciting milestone, and to know that we’re only a year-and-a-half away from playing football here, it’s pretty exciting.”