Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sept. 13 that the city and the Los Angeles Rams have reached an agreement on reimbursement for city services required at home football games hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Last month, Garcetti met with Rams owner Stan Kroenke to request that the team cover the cost of security at and around the Coliseum during Rams home games. Kroenke honored the mayor’s request, which enables the city to dedicate police resources at games while keeping patrol officers on the streets.
The Rams have also agreed to make retroactive payments for services provided during two preseason games that were held last month.
The first Rams regular season home game is on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. against the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum.
“Stan Kroenke and the Rams organization made it clear to me from the start that they intended to be partners with the city and good neighbors to the people of Los Angeles and the region,” Garcetti said. “The commitment they made to cover the cost of game-day impacts to the city – including police, fire and sanitation support at and around the Coliseum – is a win for all Angelenos. This partnership ensures that fans will continue to enjoy a secure and family-friendly experience at the venue with no impact on our ability to provide public safety to all of our communities.”
The agreement stipulates that the Rams will reimburse the full cost of providing police, fire and street services personnel during home games. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, called for more team funding for the resources needed at home games and praised the agreement.
“This is what I have been advocating all along, full cost recovery to the city’s taxpayers for extra security at Rams home games,” O’Farrell said. “I am grateful the Rams organization is responding fully to our concerns, and to the mayor for effectively securing this agreement to ensure that the LAPD can go back to focusing on our collective goal of reducing crime in Los Angeles.”
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