This Year's Madden Will See the Rams Playing in Los Angeles
With the team moving, EA will adjust accordingly in Madden.
The NFL this week approved the St. Louis Rams' plan to move to Los Angeles, which is where they'll begin playing for the 2016 season. St. Louis fans (rightfully) upset over the loss of their team will find no solace in this year's Madden, as the virtual version of the team will be following suit.
"The team is committed to having the Rams playing in LA in the next edition of Madden NFL," EA said in a statement shared with GameSpot. "We're still working through details for the in-game stadium, so nothing to announce on that front at this time."
This was first reported by GameZone.
Rams owners Stan Kroenke plans to build a new stadium in Inglewood (located in southwestern LA County) that likely won't be ready until 2019. In the meantime, they're expected to play at USC's stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, according to CBS Sports.
As a result, it's unclear what stadium will be featured in Madden NFL 17. The picture above shows the planned design for the new stadium; EA could perhaps attempt to model the game's after this, but that remains to be seen.
The Rams may not be the only team switching cities (and stadiums) in the coming years. Both the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders were hoping to move to LA, but both were turned down (for now). There is a possibility that the Chargers will move into the Rams' new stadium in the future, while it's unclear where the Raiders could head. A new report today suggested San Antonio might be a target.
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