NFL football will return to Los Angeles on Saturday night when the now-Los Angeles Rams, fresh off their controversial move from St. Louis, host the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL preseason opener for both teams.
Here’s what you need to know about the game:
What: Dallas Cowboys (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Where: Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 8 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: NFL Stream FREE
Line: Rams -5 (per Bovada.lv)
Over/under: 36 (per Bovada.lv)
Technically, the Los Angeles Rams’ game Saturday with the Dallas Cowboys is just a preseason opener at a temporary home for a relocating team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 11 years.
But that temporary home is also the team’s traditional home, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where they’ll play as the host team for the first time in 36 years, giving the day huge sentimental and symbolic importance for fans.
“I’m really ecstatic to see my team back on the field in LA,” said longtime fan and local native Dan Salcedo.
For now fans have to watch a rebuilding Rams team, though with reasons for excitement including explosive young running back Todd Gurley and No. 1 overall draft pick quarterback Jared Goff, who for now will back up starter Case Keenum.
The young players have been getting the Hollywood treatment already.
The team’s training camp is the focus of this year’s “Hard Knocks” on HBO, which had its red-carpet premiere this week.
Hip stars like rapper Kendrick Lamar visited the team at training camp, and their games are likely to become a new version of the Lakers’ sideline for celebrities.
Their jerseys, hats and stickers have begun flourishing on store shelves and car bumpers alongside Lakers and Dodgers gear, and tens of thousands have already watched the team at camp.
The Cowboys are a fitting opponent for the homecoming. They have a typically large following in a town that has lacked an NFL team, they have long held their training camp in Southern California and owner Jerry Jones was among the NFL power brokers who most strongly fought for returning a team to the LA area.
“I’m so grateful for the owner of the Dallas Cowboys,” Salcedo said. “He was an engine to bring the Rams back here to LA. I’m grateful for them, but I’m an LA Ram fan. We’re going to beat the Cowboys. As far as the first game of the season, we’re going to rock.”