Artist’s rendering of proposed Carson football stadium. Image via Twitter

Backers of a proposed stadium for the Chargers and Raiders in Carson filed an ballot initiative Wednesday to fast-track approval, following a tactic successfully used by boosters of another football stadium in Inglewood.

Should the initiative qualify for the ballot, it would likely be approved by the Carson City Council, negating the need for a vote by the city’s residents.

The Inglewood City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 24 to approve an initiative allowing for construction of an 80,000-seat stadium proposed by the owner of the St. Louis Rams as part of the redevelopment of the former Hollywood Park racetrack.

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced Feb. 19 they are working on a joint proposal to build a 72,000-seat stadium at Del Amo Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway in Carson if they are unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities.

An NFL team has not played in the Los Angeles area since 1994.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.