The Chargers are moving too Los Angeles! The franchise was originally founded there and played one season in 1960 in the American Football League. Owner Dean A. Spanos made the announcement without actually officially filling any relocation papers with the NFL. “After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season”. Just like that, over 50 years of Chargers football in San Diego is finished.
A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017
As expected, passionate fans in San Diego are not taking it well……
More scene in San Diego. pic.twitter.com/dNDzy0Hm6m
— Alex Flanagan (@Alex_Flanagan) January 12, 2017
The 30,000 seat Stub Hub center home of the L.A. Galaxy will be the temporary venue the Chargers will play at for the next two seasons. Their next destination will be the new $2.66 billion stadium that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood, California(which broke ground back in November of 2016). They would also have offices at the Inglewood stadium, which is under construction and slated to open in 2019. Spanos is expected to pay the $550 million relocation fee over 10 years, rather than make payments beyond that for an additional $100 million. The team will pay around $12 million to buy out its Qualcomm Stadium lease in San Diego.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2017
They’re also leaving their old logo behind in San Diego. The team unveiled a new logo on today and didn’t release any additional information as to whether the logo is the new primary or secondary logo. The new Los Angeles Chargers logo will feature the letters LA, in a similar style somewhat resembles the Los Angeles Dodgers logo which set twitter in a frenzy.
— MLB Roundup (@MLB_Roundup) January 12, 2017
“Today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers,” Spanos wrote in a letter on the Chargers website. “L.A. is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of L.A. football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community.”