The Rams could build their team training site in Woodland Hills
The Super Bowl champions could soon set up camp just a kick from Victory Boulevard.
The Rams are in negotiations to buy the site of the former Woodland Hills Promenade mall and build a team training facility there, according to people familiar with the talks who are not authorized to discuss it publicly and have requested the ‘anonymity.
The Rams and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, owners of the mall property, declined to comment.
If the deal goes through, the Rams could pay more than $150 million for the 34-acre site, which would be big enough to hold a summer training camp with fans in attendance. The Rams trained at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, but held training camp at UC Irvine.
The Chargers, who share SoFi Stadium with the Rams, announced in November that they had agreed to move their training facility from Costa Mesa to El Segundo, as part of a training complex that would include a ‘team.
The Woodland Hills site is large enough for Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build a practice facility and team headquarters there, then surround it with a mixed-use development. This would echo his strategy at SoFi Stadium: buy the property, build the stadium, then develop the land around it.
“It sounds like a really good opportunity and would be great news if it were true,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, whose district includes the Rams’ potential training site. “There’s a plan in place for a venue on this site that protects the community and could allow our Super Bowl champions to set up something in my district very soon, which is incredibly exciting.”
The Rams project would not be the first effort to turn the mall property into a sports facility.
In the middle of the last decade, the Dodgers considered moving one of their minor league teams to a new stadium to be built on the property. The 7,000-seat ballpark would also have been available for concerts, youth competitions, and community events, all adjacent to the existing Topanga Village. Fans could have dined, shopped and attended a game or a show, all without moving their car.
The angels vetoed the plan. Under Major League Baseball rules, the Dodgers and Angels share Southland territory, and the Dodgers refused to guarantee they would let the Angels move one of their minor league teams to Los Angeles if given the chance. was showing up.
The owners then envisioned a 15,000-seat sports arena, surrounded by a neighborhood of homes, offices, hotels, shops and restaurants, but found no teams to play in the arena.