The Rams have been in St. Louis since 1995, but before that, they called Los Angeles home for nearly 30 years. It had been speculated for much of the season, but it’s official that the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles.
NFL owners voted for the Rams to return to California and in an interesting additional fact, the San Diego Chargers will have a year to decide whether or not to join the Rams in L.A. and share their new stadium, which is set to open in 2019.
The Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move to the area, could move to Los Angeles if San Diego doesn’t, commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The moves will end the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market.
The compromise — the Chargers and Raiders wanted to share a new stadium in Carson, California, and the Rams wanted to move to nearby Inglewood — was approved 30-2 after the original options did not get the 24 votes needed for approval.