Rams announce when SoFi Stadium will officially open
The Los Angeles Rams have had some uncertainty of their own amid the coronavirus pandemic with respect to the unveiling of their new stadium.
Finally, Rams fans have a date.
Los Angeles will host the New Orleans Saints at SoFi Stadium on Aug. 14 in their first preseason game of the 2020 season, assuming the current schedule remains the same (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
The Rams announced on Wednesday their preseason schedule, which begins with an unofficial christening of SoFi Stadium on Friday, August 14. That night, the Saints will visit the new venue.
The announcement also includes a notice saying fans who purchase tickets will be refunded in the event preseason games are canceled, or the Rams are forced to play without spectators.
Indeed, it is certainly possible SoFi will open without fans in the seats. Or, at most, limited seating availability.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said at the beginning of the month, he did not envision full stadiums until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. There is no real timeline for a vaccine, though medical expert Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he thinks a vaccine might be available by the end of the year.
The Rams would certainly welcome any sort of seating for the 2020 season. So too would the Chargers, who will share SoFi with the Rams.
SoFi Stadium was initially supposed to be christened by a series of concerts by pop star Taylor Swift in July, but Swift canceled her tour due to the pandemic.
In any case, football fans in Los Angeles can look forward to Aug. 14. That is if they will be allowed in the gates.