Fans take to streets after NFL announces Rams returning to LA

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- For many Rams fans, the announcement that their beloved franchise was returning to the City of Angels has been a long time coming.

The last time a Los Angeles team played an NFL game on its home turf was Christmas Eve of 1994.

Both the L.A. Rams and L.A. Raiders played their last game in L.A. that day, the Rams in the Anaheim Stadium, now named Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and the Raiders in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

On Jan. 15, 1995, former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere announced the franchise would relocate to St. Louis while former Raiders owner Al Davis announced his team would move back to Oakland on June 23, 1995.

To put that in perspective, Kobe Bryant was still in high school when an NFL team was last located in L.A.

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the Rams would relocate from St. Louis back to L.A. in the 2016 season.

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While the Raiders tried to return to L.A., NFL owners gave the San Diego Chargers the first option to join the Rams in the $1.8 billion stadium project in Inglewood.

The Chargers have one year to decide if they will join the Rams. If they decline, the Raiders will then have a year to decide if they'll join the Rams.

With the announcement, longtime Rams fans in the Southland took to the streets to celebrate. Fans even held a rally in Inglewood where the new stadium will be constructed.
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