Los Angeles market a boon to Chargers ownership

Los Angeles market a boon to Chargers ownership

The team reportedly plans on officially announcing its intention to move to Los Angeles on Wednesday, ending a stay that began in 1961 as a member of the American Football League.

Yup, they are officially now the Los Angeles Chargers.

Police officers told KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego that they will be at the headquarters through the night and plan to be at Qualcomm Stadium Thursday.

The move is not official yet, but Spanos has called a staff meeting for 8 a.m. PST to inform his employees that after 56 years, the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles.

The Chargers quickly changed their Twitter name and showed off a new Dodgers-like logo, although the team is continuing to use its traditional lightning logo for now.

The NFL offered to foot a quarter of the bill for a new stadium, but Spanos seemed uninterested in a stadium funded without public money. Voters in November overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have devoted more than $1 billion in taxpayer money toward the stadium and a surrounding project. They will play their games in Inglewood, in a stadium that will be shared with Los Angeles Rams when it's built. "Capacity for Chargers games at StubHub Center will be 30,000 seats, with approximately 3,000 premium and field seats, 46 suites, 16 cabanas, and 10,000 on-site parking spaces", according to the Chargers.

Editors at USA Today took the unusual step of publishing an editorial headlined: "Congrats San Diego, you win by losing Chargers". We must get back to winning.

While their franchise value soars and their stadium future becomes secure, the Chargers realize they face a lengthy struggle to gather respect, attention and a durable fan base among the roughly 19 million people who inhabit the five counties around Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city.

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Los Angeles has gone from NO NFL teams to TWO in the 2017! WOW!

For the Los Angeles Rams, who moved to LA during the 2016 offseason, or the Oakland Raiders, who also applied for relocation to LA in 2016, the StubHub Center wouldn't make sense at all. It is so old they don't even have TVs, just radios and player pianos.

In January 2015, an L.A. Times poll asking readers who they most wanted to see return to L.A. found only 4% responded Chargers (compared to 65% for the Rams).

"The Chargers are determined to fight for L.A. and we are excited to get started", he wrote.

I'd like to open by offering a warm, soulful, even gooey welcome to the San Diego Chargers.

If the Vikings have played their last game in San Diego, their final trip there wasn't a particularly good one for Vikings fans.

Assuming the National Football League is OK with the Chargers' plan, the stadium will be unlike anything we've seen in the National Football League since well before the Super Bowl started.