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Back in 2014, when the NFL was canvassing Angelenos about the possibility of a return to LA, we thought it was a terrible idea. But six years on, and with two teams now located here in Los Angeles, has anything happened to change our minds?

To answer that question, we’re taking a closer look at the Rams and how their relocation back home has gone.

On-field progress a good sign

When the Rams first returned to LA, everyone had them pegged down as a losing team and the franchise proved us right. Their 4-12 2016 season was the stuff of nightmares that led some to believe that the team was cursed. But they stuck it out and the following season an 11-5 record showed significant improvement.

One Super Bowl appearance only two years after their relocation is a surefire sign that their return has been a resounding success

But no one, and I really mean no one, truly expected the 2018 squad to go 13-3 and all the way to the Super Bowl in 2018. It was an incredible achievement and only a poorly executed defensive display stopped the Rams from vanquishing the Patriots that day.

However, they followed up that inspiring run of form with a pretty average 9-7 season that saw them miss the playoffs. Their backs were to the wall and the were suggestions that McVay had lost his magic touch. But true to their inconsistent season-on-season form, the Rams are back this season with a spark that has them looking good for the playoffs.

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Of course, it's a tough call trying to figure out their long-term prospects for this season. But according to NFL betting odds expert analysts, the Rams actually have the fifth-best chance to reach the Superbowl. Incredibly, they're only behind the Chiefs, the Ravens, the Seahawks, and the Packers. Not even a mention of a Brady-less Patriots in there.

So while there’s no doubt that the Rams have proved inconsistent at times, one Super Bowl appearance only two years after their relocation is a surefire sign that their return has been a resounding success on the field.

Construction of the stadium has boosted the local economy

Construction of the stadium has boosted the local economy

The return and a boost to the economy

The return of the Rams was rubber-stamped after approval was given for a new $5 billion stadium in Inglewood. The new stadium is believed to have created work for over 22,000 construction workers and it'll provide many full-time positions once it's open.

The SoFi Stadium is a 3.1 million square feet giant, making it the largest stadium in the NFL. It has a seating capacity of 70,240 but can be expanded to seat another 30,000 people and employs in the region of 12,000 people both part-time and full-time. It’s also home to the city’s other NFL franchise, the LA Chargers becoming only the fourth stadium in the NFL to be shared by two teams. In fact, there are only two currently in use, the other being the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey which is shared by the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

But it’s not just a football stadium. Opened in October of 2020, the stadium will host events of all kinds ranging from expos and conventions right through to music festivals and concerts. The line-up for 2021 includes Mötley Crüe with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in support, Taylor Swift, Guns N’ Roses, and Wrestlemania Hollywood. That’s a pretty impressive line-up for Inglewood.

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The local area has already felt the positive impact and an uptick in revenue since construction began, but now that the stadium is finally open for business, we’ll get to see just how much of a boost this can bring to the local economy. That line-up of booked acts along with the NFL regular season calendar should be enough to banish any doubts about the stadium's economic viability.

So, has it been a success?

So far, we’d have to say yes. The on-field progress combined with the expected economic impact of the stadium in Inglewood would suggest that the return of the Rams is nothing short of unmitigated success. All we need now is another run to the Super Bowl and perhaps a victory parade to complete the comeback story of the decade.