After 55 years in San Diego, the Chargers are leaving the city and moving back to Los Angeles to join the Los Angeles Rams. The main reason for the move had to do with failing discussions on the funding of a new stadium: They received just 43 percent public support for the team to build a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center that would be helped with public funding by raising the city’s hotel taxes. Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967, has a capacity of 70,561 but regularly posts bottom numbers in net attendance averaging 57,024 people while ranking dead last in filled capacity with 81%.
According to Adam Schefter nothing is actually official yet. The team still needs to send in a formal relocation letter to the NFL and they also need to notify the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego their intent to move, but he claims that an inside source close to the Executive Chairman and CEO, Dean Spanos, intends to move the team as early as Thursday.
In 1960, when the team was first founded, they played their first season in Los Angeles in the AFL. A year later, they moved to San Diego. Since then, the Chargers have posted a losing overall record at 426-431-11. They have made the playoffs 13 times and have made it to the Super Bowl once, back in 1994, losing to the San Francisco 49ers 49-26.
The Seattle Seahawks may play a few extra preseason games in LA now, and perhaps another regular season game there every eight years or so, but it doesn’t effect them drastically. Instead, it means a little more competition in the city for football adoration, perhaps keeping potential fans from leaning their loyalty to the Rams, and instead taking a closer look at this Philip Rivers fellow.
The Seahawks traveled to face the Chargers in 2014, meaning that they will probably host them in 2018, and wouldn’t go on the road to play them until 2022.
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