The Chargers are going home.
After 55 years in San Diego, the team is moving to Los Angeles, the birthplace of the franchise, according to ESPN.
Though a formal notice of the move hasn’t hit Roger Goodell’s desk, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has verbally alerted the commissioner, and other NFL team owners, of his plans.
The Chargers played their inaugural 1960 season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego the following year.
The root of Spanos’ decision to relocate the franchise stems from his now 16-tear struggle of trying to build a new stadium in San Diego.
Spanos’ last chance to get his wish was turned down In November by voters in San Diego who rejected a ballot measure that would’ve funded a new home for the Chargers via a hotel tax.
The root of Dean Spanos’ decision to relocate the franchise stems from his now 16-tear struggle of trying to build a new stadium in San Diego.
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They do not yet have a home in Los Angeles, but ESPN speculates that the Chargers may play at the StubHub Center in Carson.
The MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy play there now to 27,000 fans, but 3,000 seats may be added if the Chargers move in.
While the location of their field is up in the air, the franchise does have a temporary headquarters and training facility.
Last month, the Chargers agreed to lease land from an office campus in Costa Mesa that comes with 3.2 acres for a practice facility.
While the Chargers leaving San Diego isn’t a complete shock, since Spanos’ difficulties to build a new stadium in the city have been well-documented, many players, past and present, expressed their thoughts about the movie on social media.