Rams to break ground on $2.6 billion Inglewood stadium Thursday

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams will break ground on their $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, California, during a ceremony at 11 a.m. PT Thursday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Inglewood mayor James Butts will all be in attendance.

The 70,000-seat stadium and an adjacent, 6,000-seat performance venue will be the centerpiece of a 298-acre, mixed-use development on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack, set to be completed for the 2019 season. The Rams are playing at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the meantime.

The ceremony will mark the start of digging a 100-foot-deep hole where the stadium will reside. Ultimately, the venue will also include a hotel, office space, retail and housing. It is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2021 and is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Hollywood Park Land Company has been clearing the site for the past two years. During that time, more than 2.2 million square feet of buildings were demolished and removed, as were more than 11 miles of old underground utilities, according to information provided by the Rams.