SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers NFL teams, will stage its first official event on August 14 when the Rams host the New Orleans Saints in pre-season.

The stadium had originally been due to open on July 25-26 with two Taylor Swift concerts but these were cancelled due to COVID-19. Further concerts from Guns N’ Roses on August 8 and Tim McGraw on September 4 have also been cancelled because of the pandemic.

The Rams have now confirmed their pre-season schedule, which will kick off with a game against the Saints on August 14. The Rams will play at the 70,000-seat SoFi Stadium for the first three weeks of pre-season before heading to Las Vegas to play the Raiders at the new Allegiant Stadium.

The Rams will technically be visitors at SoFi Stadium on August 22 when facing off against the Chargers, their fellow tenants at the new venue. The Rams will then host the Denver Broncos on August 29 before travelling to the Raiders on September 3.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19, there remains a chance that games will be played without spectators or cancelled completely, in which case any tickets purchased directly from the Rams or through Ticketmaster will be refunded within 30 days.

Last week, NFL owners voted unanimously to provide Rams owner Stan Kroenke with an additional $500m (£408m/€454m) in financing to help complete SoFi Stadium. The budget of the stadium is now said to have risen from an initially projected $2.2bn to between $5bn and $6bn.

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