Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been selected by the NFL's San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders to lead a proposed football stadium project in Carson.
Iger will be the nonexecutive chairman of Carson Holdings LLC, according to a statement released by the joint venture of the two NFL teams, whose owners have expressed interested in sharing a stadium in the community south of downtown Los Angeles. Iger's role will involve working with the city and developing strategies around stadium development, including its appearance and fan experience.
Carmen Policy, Carson Holdings' executive director, told the Los Angeles Times Iger will be the "visionary force" behind the project.
The Los Angeles area has not had an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left after the 1994 season. A franchise move would require approval from NFL owners.
"Should the owners approve the move, Los Angeles will proudly welcome two incredible teams to our community and build a stadium worthy of their fans," Iger said in a statement. "LA football fans will enjoy unprecedented access to games during the season, in a state of the art stadium designed to deliver the most entertaining, exciting and enjoyable experience possible."
Iger also will hire a president of Carson Holdings. He will continue to serve as the Walt Disney Company CEO.
NFL meetings are scheduled Wednesday at the league's headquarters in New York. Representatives from the cities of San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis are expected to make presentations.
Iger will not attend the meetings due to a company conference in Florida, the Times reported.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke also has expressed interest in Los Angeles, backing a proposed stadium in Inglewood on the former site of Hollywood Park racetrack.
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