IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — 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…