LA stadium would shoot lightning bolts when Chargers score
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have big plans for a $1.7 billion football stadium in Los Angeles. How big? We’re talking lightning bolts and fire.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the two teams presented a concept to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities — which is comprised of six NFL team owners — earlier this week. The modern-looking design includes a number of jaw-dropping features, one of which involves lightning bolts for the Chargers and fire for the Raiders.
A signature element of the design is a 115- to 120-foot tower that rises through and extends above the main concourse. It would serve as a pedestal for a cauldron that would change depending on the team. When the Chargers play, simulated lightning bolts would swirl behind glass encasing the tower and, if the team were to score a touchdown, a bolt would shoot out of the top. For Raiders games, a flame would burn in the cauldron in honor of legendary team owner Al Davis.
The proposal also notes that the tower could be turned into a giant Lombardi Trophy if the stadium hosted a Super Bowl, which I’m sure appeals to the NFL. The LA Times article features several photos that are worth checking out, but this will give you an idea of the lightning concept.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) April 23, 2015
If lightning bolts aren’t enough to make Philip Rivers’ reconsider his alleged stance, I’m not sure anything will be.