A recent announcement has been released by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the San Diego Chargers are planning to move to Los Angeles. The Chargers have the option to either join the Rams in Los Angeles and return to the city where they played their first inaugural season in 1960. Or the Chargers can remain in San Diego and continue to pursue the new stadium they’ve unsuccessfully sought for the past 15 years.
Chargers chairman Dean Spanos officially confirmed his plans Thursday morning to move the franchise to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego.
Braden & Fitz were joined by Schefter this morning on ESPN 102.5 The Game and said the Chargers “will be telling their employees today that they are moving. I think that this is news that most people in the organization expected for quite some time.”
One year ago today the Los Angeles Rams officially moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles and one year later the Chargers are moving from San Diego to Los Angeles ending a 55-year stint with the great city of San Diego.
“They are going to move into L.A. and be in co-attendance together with the Rams in Los Angeles, Inglewood,” said Schefter.
The Chargers are expected to make the 27,000 seating capacity StubHub Center their base for the 2017 season and next couple of years while the new stadium is being built.
“The seating capacity could be expanded to 30,000, but 30,000 fans for a NFL game is hard to imagine in this day and age,” Schefter told Braden & Fitz.
Southern California will soon be home to the largest stadium complex in the NFL. This design includes a 70,000-seat stadium, indoor-outdoor entertainment space, restaurants, and much more.
Los Angeles will now boast by having two NFL franchises within a year span, it will also be asked to support both franchises after 22 years of somehow surviving with none.
“The moves may not be done because I still think we are going to get the Raiders going from Oakland to Las Vegas,” Schefter added.
To hear more of Schefter’s interview with Braden & Fitz, listen below. Schefter also discussed the Tennessee Titans and more NFL news.