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08:00 AM ET 03.25 | The lockout has much of the NFL world at a standstill, but there is forward progress on efforts to return the league to Los Angeles. AEG, proposing to build an NFL stadium/event center in downtown L.A., has taken another step in that direction by selecting Gensler to design the estimated $1 billion venue, The Times has learned. L.A.-based Gensler was one of three finalists, with the other two being the firms HNTB and HKS. It's something of a coup that AEG chose Gensler, which has never designed an NFL stadium, considering HNTB is responsible for Invesco Field in Denver and HKS drew up the plans for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Among dozens of other projects around the world, Gensler designed the 54-story hotel and residence tower that's part of L.A. Live.

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March 25, 2011  08:03 AM ET

Football and LA don't mix.

March 25, 2011  08:08 AM ET

But it'll be interesting to see how it turns out anyway.

March 25, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Football and LA don't mix.

True..other than that there is not much more to say. zzzzzzzzzz.

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March 25, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Who, besides AEG, is trying to build a LA stadium?
What amenities are required for the local fair weather fans?

March 25, 2011  08:38 AM ET
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Who, besides AEG, is trying to build a LA stadium?What amenities are required for the local fair weather fans?

a brie and wine bar?

March 25, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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True..other than that there is not much more to say. zzzzzzzzzz.

Doesn't every big city deserve a monster truck venue...located downtown?

March 25, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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a brie and wine bar?

A whine and cheese bar

March 25, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Build it, and they will come...fashionably late.

March 25, 2011  08:47 AM ET

The L.A. Vikings...well they got the Lakers!

March 25, 2011  08:49 AM ET

So, the company designed a hotel? How appropriate. The next NFL team won't be in LA long enough to need a house of their own, anyway.

March 25, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

a brie and wine bar?

la brea and whine pit?

March 25, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What amenities are required for the local fair weather fans?

Make it earthquake proof in case Albert Haynesworth walks by outside.

March 25, 2011  08:51 AM ET
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la brea and whine pit?

A new home for the Tarheels?

March 25, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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March 25, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Did not work out with the Rams or the Raiders. Leave football out of LA.

It'll work... if there is ONLY one team.

March 25, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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Good one! Don't know how many remember that>

For that matter, the Rams moved to LA from Cleveland...NFL teams seem to be like girls from small towns - move to LA expecting to become rich and famous

March 25, 2011  10:07 AM ET

What does this mean for the other group trying to get a stadium built out there? The problem isn't a stadium thing, because there is enough money to do that no matter what. The problem is getting the NFL to come out and state that they will expand or some other team agreeing to move. Until either of those things happen, who cares about a potential stadium.

March 25, 2011  10:09 AM ET
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a brie and wine bar?

They already have that... at the Niners games.

 
March 25, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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Football and LA don't mix.

Amen brother!

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