he Chargers have officially taken their talents to Los Angeles.
Starting next season, the Chargers will play their home games in L.A. But what does the Chargers’ move mean for the team and its fans?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Chargers’.
1. The Chargers will play their home games at the StubHub Center.
Football fans who purchase LA Charger tickets will initially need to go to Carson – not LA – to see their favorite team live.
This year, the Chargers will call the StubHub Center home. The stadium serves a multiple-use facility located in Carson, which is about 10 miles south of downtown L.A.
If you want to purchase L.A. Chargers tickets for the upcoming season, you may need to act fast too.
The StubHub Center has a current capacity of about 27,000, making it the smallest stadium in the NFL.
2. The Chargers will keep their name intact.
Although the Chargers are bolting to the City of Angels, the team name will remain the same.
Believe it or not, the Chargers’ move is actually a return home for the team.
In 1960, the Chargers started out as an American Football League (AFL) team in Los Angeles. They moved to San Diego one year later and became an NFL franchise when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970.
The Chargers are a proud and successful NFL franchise. Since the Chargers’ inception, the team has won an AFL championship and 10 AFC West titles and made a Super Bowl appearance.
Thanks to the move, football fans can purchase tickets and watch the Chargers compete to bring a Super Bowl title to Los Angeles.
3. The L.A. Chargers have a new logo.
What would a move to L.A. be without a Hollywood-inspired entrance? After the Chargers announced their move last month, the team also unveiled a new logo to usher in a new era in a new city.
Even though the Chargers’ logo is changing, the team’s commitment to excellence remains the same.
Today, football fans can embrace the Chargers’ spirit. If you purchase tickets, you’ll be able to get an up-close look at the Chargers live and in-person in the near future.
4. San Diego football fans have mixed feelings about the LA Chargers.
LA is adding an NFL team, but San Diego is losing one.
To date, San Diego football fans have displayed a combination of sadness and anger about the Chargers’ move to L.A., and perhaps rightfully so.
Many Chargers fans showed up outside of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, the one-time home of the Chargers, to throw away Chargers’ jerseys and apparel after the team announced its L.A. move.
It’s easy to understand why San Diego football fans may feel disappointed and frustrated by the Chargers’ move to L.A. But it is important to try to look at the big picture.
The Chargers have relocated, and the team is unlikely to make its way back to San Diego. And for San Diego football fans who want to see the Chargers live, there are still plenty of opportunities to buy tickets before the 2017 NFL season gets underway.
5. San Diego missed out an opportunity to keep the Chargers.
In January 2016, the NFL gave the Chargers the option to move to L.A. if a new stadium deal could not be reached with the city of San Diego. Chargers owner Dean Spanos last month exercised this option, which put in place the team’s move.
But give Spanos credit for trying to keep the Chargers in San Diego.
USA Today reported Spanos had worked with San Diego officials for 15 years in the hopes of getting a new stadium built in San Diego, but his efforts ultimately failed.
6. L.A. football fans are excited about the possibility of an all-L.A. Super Bowl.
Remember the days when there were no NFL teams in LA, i.e. two years ago? Well, now there are two NFL teams in the city – the Rams and Chargers.
The last time that L.A. had two NFL franchises was 1994 when the Raiders and Rams controlled the city.
Going forward, many football fans in the area will pledge their allegiance to either the Rams or Chargers, making football rivalries relevant once again.
The Rams and Chargers compete in the NFC and AFC, respectively, which means they will only face off against each other in the regular season every four years. However, they could share a new, state-of-the-art stadium in L.A. down the line.
Plus, the possibility of an all-L.A. Super Bowl looms large, especially if the Rams and Chargers make improvements sooner rather than later.
7. The Chargers will continue to operate in the same fashion on the field.
It’s only been a few weeks since the conclusion of Super Bowl LI, but the Chargers have already embarked on a move from San Diego to L.A. that will affect the franchise and its fans for years to come.
Fortunately, the move to L.A. should be the biggest – and most dramatic – upheaval that the Chargers face this year.
The Chargers still have quarterback Philip Rivers, defensive end Joey Bosa and other talented players on their roster.
Meanwhile, with the addition of former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn as head coach, the Chargers appear to be headed in the right direction for 2017 and beyond.
Don’t miss out on the games. Pick up L.A. Chargers tickets, and you can watch the team compete for a Super Bowl title.