What Happens if City of Industry Gets New Pro Football Stadium?

What happens if City of Industry, Calif., gets a new professional football stadium?

It largely escaped attention, but the bill signed in late October by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - which put a proposed $800 million football stadium in the San Gabriel Valley on a faster track by exempting the project from state environmental laws - threatens to kick off one of the stranger chapters in the annals of pro sports facility construction.

That the stadium is being planned with no particular anchor tenant in mind is an oddity, perhaps, but it's nowhere near unprecedented. Residents of St. Louis, just to cite one recent example, taxed themselves in the early 1990s to build the $280 million Trans World Dome in the hopes of luring an NFL franchise. (The Rams moved from Los Angeles in 1995.) The timing is certainly questionable - a global (and California) economic meltdown would not seem the most advantageous moment to launch a three-million-square-foot complex that in addition to the stadium would house an orthopedic hospital, a movie and live performance theater, and office and retail space - but, then again, the Dallas Cowboys would seem to have few regrets about the opening of Cowboys Stadium this season.

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