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Chargers Franchise Bolts to Los Angeles After Years of Stadium Woes Los Angeles Chargers

Written By: Jeff Melton Los Angeles Chargers

Serving as the lone NFL franchise in Southern California since 1994 since the departure of the Rams and Raiders, Dean Spanos—team President and CEO—made the difficult decision to depart San Diego. The relocated franchise joins the Rams, bringing a second professional football team to Los Angeles after going without one for more than two decades. Los Angeles Chargers

“We are excited to be in LA; we played our first season in 1960 in LA and have had fans here for a long time, so LA is in our DNA,” Mark Fabiana, special counsel to the Los Angeles Chargers commented. “Now we need to get to know the community, to listen and to learn about our new city.” Los Angeles Chargers

For close to 15 years, Spanos, the city of San Diego, the state of California, and the NFL could not come to an agreement on a new, state-of-the-art facility capable of hosting Super Bowl caliber events. The years of back and forth culminated on the Jan. 12 announcement that the team will accept the provision given to them by the league and make the 120 mile trek north. Los Angeles Chargers

Speaking on behalf of the franchise, Fabiana continued to say, “We’re going to love figuring out how to become an authentic part of this town, and we know we have to work to earn LA’s support. On the field, we’re going to get back to winning and bring LA a Super Bowl championship. Off the field we’ll work to be a leader and champion for the community—as we have been throughout our history.” Los Angeles Chargers

Starting in 2019, the Chargers and Rams will share a stadium which is largely financed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in Inglewood, located on the site of the old Hollywood Park Racetrack. In the interim, LA’s newest team will play its home games at the StubHub Center, the home of MLS powerhouse LA Galaxy, in Carson. The venue, almost half the size of the next smallest NFL stadium, will provide the team a unique opportunity to establish a fanbase in the Los Angeles basin after more than 50 years in San Diego.

“StubHub Center will provide a one-of-a-kind fan experience—with 30,000 seats, there won’t be a bad seat in the house,” Fabiani said. “With 10,000 parking spaces, and easy ingress and egress from both LA and Orange Counties, [the Chargers] will provide fans with a fantastic game-day experience.” Los Angeles Chargers

The change of location is not the only difference fans will notice for the owners of the famous powder blue uniforms. After three seasons the team moved on from Mike McCoy and hired Anthony Lynn as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Lynn previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills the past two seasons. For the Chargers, LA will be seen as a fresh start in more ways than one. Fabiani went on to say, “The bottom line is that we are going to fight for LA, and we are excited to get started.”

Fans will get the first chance to check out the team this August when training camp begins and take in the first home game of the Los Angeles era during the NFL Preseason. Schedules are expected to be released in mid-April by the league and the reservation process for tickets is underway. Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers Make the 120 Mile Trek to LA Los Angeles Chargers