The Los Angeles City Council approved plans by Anschutz Entertainment Group to build a new downtown football stadium and convention space, opening the door for an National Football League team to return to the city.

The council voted 12-0 to support plans for a $1 billion stadium adjacent to AEG’s Staples Center arena and the L.A. Live entertainment district. Three members were absent. The backers must still recruit at least one team to play there.

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