NFL Watch: City of Industry


Industry is on the map. Really. Under that green arrow there.

The Coliseum is out of the NFL sweepstakes. So is Carson, and Pasadena.

Today, Anaheim became the latest city to bow out of the Please-Come-Back-And-Play-Here NFL Derby. This leaves one proposed site on the table for Los Angeles County: The City of Industry.

If this is our only hope, we’re screwed.

I’ve only lived in L.A. for a few years, so I never knew what the City of Industry was. I thought it was a chamber of commerce slogan. Then, I learned that Commerce is a city, too. WTF? I think I’ll create a city called Marketing. Or Trade. Wait – I’ve got it…

Welcome to Business, CA: “Where Business is Up Front, and the Party’s in the Back.”
Jason Burns, Mayor

Let’s say for shits and giggles, we do build an NFL stadium in Industry. Here are some fun facts I discovered in my exhaustive 5 minutes of research:

  • City of Industry was incorporated in 1957
  • Population (2005) 800
  • Located 20.1 miles from Los Angeles. ETA 29 mins./1 hr. 20 mins. with traffic
  • They have a Metrolink station
  • Headquarters for Hot Topic, Newegg.com
  • They have a Claim Jumper and Wal-Mart
  • There’s a rodeo held in October
  • It’s home of the Puente Hills Mall – Twin Pines Mall in Back to the Future

Wow. This should definitely seal the deal. We need things to be more spread out here anyway. More sprawl. More commute time. We’re dangerously close to improving L.A.’s quality of life as it is.

Again, if we want an NFL team in Los Angeles, it needs to play in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles.

27 Replies to “NFL Watch: City of Industry”

  1. It won’t happen for lots of reasons. You missed the big brouhaha a few years ago (maybe 10) where they had the bright idea to bring it out here to far east LA in Irwindale or Azusa. That failed miserable as that area is a mass of giant open pits…were they thinking of filling those in?

    The unspoken advantage was cheap labor to staff a stadium.

    I may wind up eating my words but I don’t see the NFL coming anytime soon simply because LA fans are there for the good times only and don’t attend enough to be the ticket draw for a team.

  2. I don’t know that I’m even qualified to comment on this issue; I’m a baseball/hockey fan. I went to my first NFL game ever just a few weeks ago. I honestly don’t care if L.A. gets a football team.

    I would say, however, that if it’s an L.A. team, it should play in L.A. 20 miles away at the far edge of the county (nearly O.C.) doesn’t count. Of course, it’s too bad Anaheim dropped out. Another “Los Angeles (team name) of Anaheim” might make that designation seem almost legitimate. Almost.

    Wait! I’ve got the name for our new team: The Captains.
    The Los Angeles Captains of Industry!

  3. There’s also tons of strip clubs. I grew up in Hacienda Heights which borders City of Industry. I really can’t see where they’d put a stadium since it’s a bunch of warehouses, a shopping mall, car dealerships and little else.

  4. I grew up in Hacienda Heights, too. The City of Industry is a really strange town — basically all of the factories and other commercial buildings around La Puente, West Covina, Rowland Heights, Valinda, and probably a few more cities are considered City of Industry. The actual city itself is actually quite long and dispersed, geographically.

    Check out the Wikipedia map of the city:

  5. Keep your stadium away from Lynwood. I don’t know if the plan was dropped already, but Southeast LA does not need your extra cars polluting our air any more than it already is.

  6. I grew up in West Covina, where I hillside home had a glorious view of the City of Industry. I honestly had no idea people even lived there until about 5 years ago.

    Cindylu, maybe they’ll build the stadium on top of the warehouses. That way, you can buy a car, fill your larder at Costco AND catch the Los Angeles Captiains of Industry (Burns, that is funny).

  7. they need to put it at the end of a metro-line route so people will just take the metro to releive congestion on game days

  8. AND they need the colors to be baby blue and pink so the gang bangers dont adopt the team…..not that this city deserves a team at all. I’m just sayin

  9. Lexgull you made me laugh. They need to get out more, the baby blue and pink was adopted by a weho gang. Saw them at halloweenie.

  10. Frazgo, I was actually gonna go that route ala weho but a strange and and very different visual of The Warriors came into play and i abandoned the idea.

  11. Similar to Commerce and CoI is Vernon, home to just a handful of people and tons of factories and businesses. I propose they get rid of the pig lots and slaughterhouse that Farmer John’s still runs (nobody eats pig anymore, right?) and put the stadium there. Call ’em the LA Pigskins.
    But make it a soccer stadium only, oh yeah!

  12. Woo! I live in Rowland Heights! I think we are considered part of the City of Industry.

    And yea, cindylu, there ARE alot of strip clubs in Hacienda Heights.

  13. You’re all a bunch of idiots. City of Industry is a VERY appealing location. The location of the proposed Stadium is near the Industry Metrolink Station by the intersection of Grand Avenue and Valley Boulevard. According to various reports they want to carve the stadium into a hill side and build retail and hotels. This location allows for this kind of development. Also, this location is convenient to LA, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. That’s about 13,000,000 people within an hours drive. That comment about a team being from LA and playing in LA is kind of stupid when you consider the Patriots play in Foxborogh (Between Boston and Providence in the boonies) and the Jets and Giants play in New Jersey. It’s convenient access to the 57/60/10 is another perk. Biggest perk is 800 residents. A stadium in a place like City of Industry means $$$ and if I know something about Industry it’s that it’s in the business of $$$. Industry welcomes this sort of development and it’s not likely that the voice of Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Walnut, West Covina or whatever is likely to intrude in the citys quest for more $$$. The city supports it and there aren’t very many people that can contest it. It doesn’t identify with LA or the OC, the NFL is looking at big $$$.

  14. You’re all a bunch of idiots. City of Industry is a VERY appealing location. The location of the proposed Stadium is near the Industry Metrolink Station by the intersection of Grand Avenue and Valley Boulevard. According to various reports they want to carve the stadium into a hill side and build retail and hotels. This location allows for this kind of development. Also, this location is convenient to LA, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. That’s about 13,000,000 people within an hours drive. That comment about a team being from LA and playing in LA is kind of stupid when you consider the Patriots play in Foxborogh (Between Boston and Providence in the boonies) and the Jets and Giants play in New Jersey. It’s convenient access to the 57/60/10 is another perk. Biggest perk is 800 residents. A stadium in a place like City of Industry means $$$ and if I know something about Industry it’s that it’s in the business of $$$. Industry welcomes this sort of development and it’s not likely that the voice of Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Walnut, West Covina or whatever is likely to intrude in the citys quest for more $$$. The city supports it and there aren’t very many people that can contest it. It doesn’t identify with LA or the OC, the NFL is looking at big $$$.

  15. El Chavo….I live for my monthly applewood smoked bacon sandwich.

    Did anyone catch that ruff double posted? A little to trigger happy with the enter key? The way he blathered about you’d think he has a stake in the outcome.

  16. Ugh. having lived in Walnut ten years prior to LA proper I believe that that Walnut is going to sue to stop this. That city (and the other surrounding cities) are so sick of Industry just plopping retail on their borders. Valley and Grand and that 60/57 interchange is just hell all the time.

    Whatevs. I could care less about the nfl and only Vegas can get me to drive in that direction.

  17. Cities like industry were built so that corporations did not have to pay taxes to help out the nearby lower income neighborhoods that recieve the bulk of their negative byproducts (it is actually in the COI website in a sugar coated manner) and fill their factories with workers. I believe Vernon and Commerce suck up over $2 billion in taxes from the city of LA annually, becuase you know, a city like La doesnt need the extra tax base. This was all during the big business/good ol boys days when planning was merely the permitting/bribery process. I’ve read that Vernon once had a large barrio and was full of japanese farmers and gardens, and their removal and the city’s rezoning into a seperate incorated city entirely zone for industry was a very ugly and a textbook example of inequity.

    Well, since these industrial wastelands are always next to a ghetto (ELA/SCLA, La Puente/Bassett, El Monte/ Azusa/Duarte, etc.), it is nice for gangmembers to have a nightly empty playground and place to dump bodies when all else fails.

  18. Cities like industry were built so that corporations did not have to pay taxes to help out the nearby lower income neighborhoods that recieve the bulk of their negative byproducts (it is actually in the COI website in a sugar coated manner) and fill their factories with workers. I believe Vernon and Commerce suck up over $2 billion in taxes from the city of LA annually, becuase you know, a city like La doesnt need the extra tax base. This was all during the big business/good ol boys days when planning was merely the permitting/bribery process. I’ve read that Vernon once had a large barrio and was full of japanese farmers and gardens, and their removal and the city’s rezoning into a seperate incorated city entirely zone for industry was a very ugly and a textbook example of inequity.

    Well, since these industrial wastelands are always next to a ghetto (ELA/SCLA, La Puente/Bassett, El Monte/ Azusa/Duarte, etc.), it is nice for gangmembers to have a nightly empty playground and place to dump bodies when all else fails.

  19. Grand and Valley? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that Walnut/Diamond Bar territory? And didn’t they put a(nother) big box anchored mini-mall over there? And the hillsides over there aren’t they still dairy and bee farms? I mean, I saw cows and bee boxes when I was over there a few weeks ago.

    And location-wise, pfft. I attended Mt. Sac and Cal Poly Pomona. Any student/faculty member can tell you how much Grand Ave. sucks to drive between 7:30am and 2pm. And they want to add football into the mix?

  20. Fabooj: Being from Rowland Heights I COMPLETELY agree with what you’re saying, having gone to Mt. SAC and Cal Poly I understand even more.

    My concern with this proposal is that many of the issues that blew other proposals out of the water don’t exist in the City of Industry. Unlike LA and Anaheim, or even Pasadena, Industry is not likely to have the opposition of it’s inhabitants, and even if they oppose, there are only 800 of them. This location doesn’t identify as LA, OR The OC.. and we all know OC folk don’t like to visit LA games.. and vice versa. Industry in on board and actually appears to be interested. And if history has taught us anything, East SGV cities aren’t exactly respectful of their neighboring cities. The NFL is looking for things that many cities aren’t willing to give them, but Industry seems to be “business” friendly, and smack dab in the middle of the LA Metro. The NFL owners probably have dollar signs in their eyes, something they don’t usually get from LA.

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