The idea is to create more openness for the proposed venue, with what the LAT describes as "flight-like" wing coverings. The deployable roof can be taken off in a few hours. The original design, said Tim Romani, CEO of the design firm Icon Venue Group, "was too enclosed, I felt the original concept was too heavy."
"This showcases the advantage of being in Los Angeles, how people would rather be outside or inside," said Ron Turner, principal of the project's lead architect, Gensler. "We need a symbol, a gateway. It's important for people to say, 'Wow! That's L.A.' " The home NFL team will determine whether to leave the roof on or not, said Michael Roth, spokesman for stadium developer AEG.