Rams fans boo prospect of sharing stadium with Chargers

AP

The 40-minute press conference officially introducing the Rams back to Los Angeles after more than 20 years quickly became a love-fest for the man who will build Kroenkeworld. At the event, the Stan formerly known as Silent continued his newfound candor, speaking to the crowd and, for the second time this week, showing real emotion when talking about the team returning home.

As chronicled by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the roughly 200 Rams fans who attended the event wearing blue and yellow jerseys that the Rams at first will wear on throwback days only (apparently) turned varying shades of red when the subject of a powder-blue partnership was broached.

“We can’t wait for the day to welcome a second team into our building to help have a true AFC-NFC rivalry which will be special,” COO Kevin Demoff said to the crowd, in reference to the looming arrival of the Chargers.

Per Farmer, this remark triggered boos and other negative noises from the Rams fans. The ruckus quickly became loud enough to interrupt Demoff.

“We don’t want them!” some fans shouted, according to Farmer.

The discord returned as owner Stan Kroenke fielded a question about the Chargers sharing space with the Rams. Farmer explains that the boos nearly drowned out the question.

“Stay in San Diego!” some yelled.

“We’re immediately engaged [with the Chargers] talking about what some kind of deal might look like,” Kroenke said. “We’ve offered several iterations of that, so we’ll see where that goes.”

If Rams fans get their way, it would go nowhere. And even though Kroenke will realize significant revenue by either accepting the Chargers as a tenant or full partner, he surely has to at least wonder what it would mean to control the L.A. market, like the Rams did before the Raiders moved there in the early 1980s.

It wouldn’t be easy to kill a possible deal with the Chargers, especially since the Raiders then would acquire dibs. The deal to allow Kroenke to move the Rams from St. Louis specifically was structured to ensure that he will be reasonable in his negotiations with a second team.

Still, if Kroenke at some point becomes as determined to hoard L.A. as he was to get there, it would be unwise to bet against him.

72 responses to “Rams fans boo prospect of sharing stadium with Chargers

  1. Having a second team in the same facility works fine. After going to Jets/Giants games I can say that you can’t tell two teams play in the facility on game day. They do an amazing job to prep the stadium for what ever team is playing.

  2. StanK will meet will Spanos, then throw a $100 million dollar bill on the dresser and tell him to go home and “Buy himself something Pretty!”

  3. I am still waiting to know if the St. Louis Rams PSL holders are entitled to replacement seats in L.A., are eligible for refunds, or if they will simply get shafted out of their purchase, now that the team is moving.

    Kroenke should not share his palace with Spanos and the Chargers. The Rams brand will be devalued by cohabitating with losers.

    I love it that Jerry Richardson and Bob McNair failed in their attempt to put the screws to Mr. Kroenke, by backing the Carson Dream, bringing in a Disney chief and by contaminating to Relocation Committee to reccommend the Spanos/Davis project which was clearly inferior.

    Richardson and McNair have made a grave mistake and found themselves an enemy who is much more powerful than them. I cant wait to see how Mr. stan Kroenke exacts his revenge on them

  4. I can’t see the Chargers or the Raiders being able to come up with the $550M relocation fee…and if they can, why not just put that money towards their own stadium in their home market?

  5. As a Seahawks fan I just can’t imagine another fan base calling the clink their own. It might as well be called Seahawks stadium to me.

    Sharing stadiums is just weird. It isn’t REALLY home because some guy you don’t even like is always playing there without you, calling it HIS home.

    I had a roommate that I didn’t like once….ONCE!

  6. I hope NO Rams fans from St. Louis follow this team to LA. Seriously Kroenke can eat it. I know it’s not the same, but we’ve got room on the Vikings bandwagon. One of the best HCs in the league, a young franchise QB, a truly elite defense, and a new stadium. Basically our team is similar to the rams with an actually good coach plus An up and coming qb, minus a younger RB! Not to mention, Our baseball team is like wannabe Cardinals, so there’s some respect there as well! Our goal is SB or bust next season. Hop on!

  7. No team will want to be a tenant at Kroenke’s stadium. And only 200 fans show up?

    In 5 five years Kroenke’s book will be titled “How I Turned a $8 Billion Fortune Into $20 Cash”.

  8. swashbucklin
    Jan 16, 2016, 5:39 AM CST

    Didn’t know ram fans supported trump

    Most of America supports trump.

  9. LA hasn’t missed, needed or wanted professional football when it was last there 22 years ago or now.

    Football will be out of LA, a-g-a-i-n, in 10 years.

  10. bullcharger says:
    Jan 16, 2016 7:07 AM
    Having a second team in the same facility works fine. After going to Jets/Giants games I can say that you can’t tell two teams play in the facility on game day. They do an amazing job to prep the stadium for what ever team is playing.

    It works because those two teams were already in the area, had established fan bases, and are, from the start, co-tenants of the building. If the Giants were moving into “WJ World” or “Jets Plaza”, I think they would have an issue with it.

    Spanos already knows he’s not a true partner but has no other options, which is why he reluctantly jumped into the boiling water……

  11. Kroenke can just offer horrible deals to SD and OAK and keep the LA market to himself. Why they approved the deal without a SD deal in place is crazy. Kroenke showed them tons of cash and they didn’t care if he hoards the market.

  12. It makes sense for the Chargers to take a deal in St Louis if the San Diego deal fails to win the taxpayer vote. They can take the deal offered the Rams, which really wasn’t that bad.

  13. The NFL offered to pony up an additional 200m to 2 teams to build stadiums. I’m betting that whatever team doesn’t take LA ends up with the other teams 100m on top of the 100 they were already given, plus their share of 1.1b relocation fee of the 2 teams that went.

    spending hundreds of millions of your own money vs hundreds of millions of free money..doesn’t really seem like a hard decision.

  14. Seems like there weren’t even 200 Rams fans that showed up for any Rams presser when the Rams were still the St Louis Rams.

    At least that 200 number will grow in LA once the Hollywood crowd starts to mingle with the players. Then throw in the local gangstas and organized crime bosses who will buy chunks of tickets unlike the St Louis gangstas who only concern themselves and their minions on robbing and beating folks up and then toking and sniffing away.

    In any event with the half-hearted fan base that was in St Louis, the LA location has loads of population to build their base up while it has been all downhill with the St Louis and Missouri politicians, St Louis and Missouri bureaucrats, and the ignorant football fans (remember how they booed and ran Kurt Warner off the team after he got hurt even though he gave them a Super Bowl win). Itsno wonder both the Az Cards AND the LA Rams ran from St Louis as fast as they could get out of a backwards area.

  15. kitz626 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 8:36 AM
    If L.A. Is such a great place for a team then why do they always leave?
    =======================================
    It’s the same reasons the Patriots almost left New England. (1) Lack of local ownership, (2) Inadequate stadium, (3) Poorly managed franchise.

    Kroenke will own the stadium and the real estate around the stadium. You can bet that this stadium will have plenty of luxury suites and clubs that will be owned by many in the entertainment industry. Don’t kid yourself. This is being done the right way. Amateur hours of the past with Georgia Frontieri and Al Davis have no place here. This is a real investment and that team will be staying put for quite some time. The Rams in St Louis were not one of the league’s more valuable franchises. In LA, their value will approach the values of the Cowboys and Patriots pretty quickly.

  16. What Rams fans? Every Rams fan that I could find (Both of them) said they wouldn’t support this team anymore for doing this. Kroenke rounded up so LA bums on the street and they were loaded and hard to control. Good luck with the LA market in 5 years the stadium will be empty and they will giving away tickets. The LA market is like Kroenke’s rug. In theory it sounds good but in practice it’s a disaster.

  17. For those of you that like to point out that there was only 200 fans there…. The event was planned at the very last minute and scheduled in the middle of a WORK DAY.

  18. This is what happens when business people talk to normal folks. What the hell did Kroenke think the fans were going to do when he mentioned the Chargers? Cheer for their business deal? “Yay money!” Of course they booed. They’re now LA Rams fans, and Kroenke mentioned a different team.

  19. One team always becomes the 2nd-class citizen in their own facility. MetLife stadium is identified with the Giants moreso than with their little brother, the Jests.

  20. jmethane says:
    Jan 16, 2016 7:58 AM
    As a Seahawks fan I just can’t imagine another fan base calling the clink their own. It might as well be called Seahawks stadium to me.

    Sharing stadiums is just weird. It isn’t REALLY home because some guy you don’t even like is always playing there without you, calling it HIS home.

    I had a roommate that I didn’t like once….ONCE!

    ———
    In another few years even Seahawks “fans” won’t call clink their home…. Biggest group of bandwagon fans in the NFL.

  21. I sure hope the Chargers know what they are doing. Moving into an area that has a lot of Raider and Ram fans while alienating your San Diego fan-base sounds like a TERRIBLE idea. Stay in San Diego where you belong, Spanos.

  22. Fans should realize this is being done for television ratings, ad revenues, and luxery box seat licenses. If actual people show up for the games, that’s great.

    If not, they’ll keep the camera angles tight on the field.

    Can’t you already hear Jon Gruden palpitating at all the “excitement!” happening in the stadium?

    Personally, I hope the Chargers stay in San Diego. No dog in that fight, just they’ve always been there. They’re the San Diego Chargers.

  23. “Okay, now listen up: The news conference starts in an hour. Remember: it’s very important that all 200 of you boo every time we mention the Chargers, okay? Very important. Especially if you want that $50 we promised you.”

  24. Well….By moving Spanos will be giving up $650,000,000 ($550M reloc fee & $100M from the NFL.) He’ll be giving up the SD and OC fan base. They won’t travel to L.A.! And having to work with the big Kahoona, Kroenke! Dean, the risk is too big! When your family sells the team a new owner will have to “work” with Kroenke! IT’S A BAD DEAL ALL AROUND! STAY IN SAN DIEGO!

  25. Spanos won’t move to St. Louis. With him, it was never about leaving Southern California. It’s about how much more value the Chargers franchise will bring in sale.

  26. Kroenke isn’t just building a stadium, but an entire entertainment complex. The Rams will stay put in L.A. this time. It would be interesting to see what deal or how Kroenke plans to profit from the Chargers. It would certainly double the use of the stadium, I just wonder if in the end it would be a good deal for Spano’s or maybe he should rethink things a bit more. The Raiders weren’t chosen, because Mark Davis doesn’t have enough money for Kroenke to bilk him for, plus the Raiders are an exciting up and coming team with more potential to outdraw his own team, then do the Chargers. Kroneke wins this one, and in 5 years Spano’s will be crying once again. Meanwhile Mark Davis will finally get a new stadium, in Oakland.

  27. Two teams in the same stadium is an idea that’s worked well in the New York/New Jersey area. There’s no reason it couldn’t work equally well in LA. (Of course, New York Giants and Jets fans are notoriously rabid. LA fans….not so much. At least they never were in the past. There’s simply too much to do and too many diversions available in LA, and pro football isn’t a big priority for most Angelenos.) It will be interesting to watch this process unfold. I just hate to see the Chargers move out of San Diego–that’s such a great area.

  28. Please, please, Los Angeles Rams fans, keeping booing (and writing letters, calling local media outlets, and posting to blogs) that you don’t want the Chargers sharing your team’s stadium. Thank you!

    Robert, SAN DIEGO Chargers fan

  29. The owners can do whatever they want…the seats will be filled. Fans mean nothing to them. Cash cows.

  30. The Rams lost a LOT of fans when the left LA. It will be a really tough sell to get them back. A lot of fans became fans of other teams because the team abandoned them and then came crawling back. Eff them

  31. pillowporkers says:
    Jan 16, 2016 8:11 AM

    I hope NO Rams fans from St. Louis follow this team to LA. Seriously Kroenke can eat it. I know it’s not the same, but we’ve got room on the Vikings bandwagon. One of the best HCs in the league, a young franchise QB, a truly elite defense, and a new stadium. Basically our team is similar to the rams with an actually good coach plus An up and coming qb, minus a younger RB! Not to mention, Our baseball team is like wannabe Cardinals, so there’s some respect there as well! Our goal is SB or bust next season. Hop on!
    ____________________

    Vikings and bandwagon are mutually inclusive. You can can great deals on used Rams and Vikings jerseys right now.

  32. Native San Diegan living in LA and I am a long time Charger season ticket holder (yes, there are Charger fans in LA)

    Most folk’s in L.A. haven’t been to an NFL game in 20 something years. Just wait till Ram fans are stuck in traffic for hours and then have to stand in line for 2 more hours while everyone gets searched and prodded to get in. You think TSA is bad? Try getting into a football stadium now a days.

    After the honeymoon wear’s off and after a couple losing seasons I predict everyone here will just stay home and thus the Ram’s games will be subjected to blackout’s, welcome back to the NFL..

    Nobody has talked about traffic issues that’s gonna be caused by this monstrosity of a stadium while it’s being built and on game days?
    I use the 405 freeway daily, it’s horrible now driving it anytime on a weekday or weekend. I can’t even fathom what the gridlock will be, especially on a Monday or Thursday night game that starts at 6:00pm?
    That’s gonna be the real “Carmageddon”

    The 405 is really the only way to get to Inglewood, unless Stan can figure out a way to fly people in on drone’s I’m staying far away.

    Keep the Chargers in San Diego!!

  33. If the 49ers keep going in the wrong direction, they may be forced financially to break down and share Santa Clara with the Raiders in a few years.

  34. May be booing the fact that Stan closed down 7 WallyWorlds in the Inglewood area this weekend……

  35. I live about 10 miles or so from where the stadium is being built. I’m proud of the fact that our town was the first town to tell the NFL ” You can build a stadium but don’t ask us to contribute a nickel”

    200 fans show how little we care about having an NFL team based in Los Angeles.

    We have so many entertainment options in town on any given day that going to an NFL game is just another option. And in reality, most Californians are more laid back about life, so if it’s too much of a hassle to pay to go to see a mediocre team we’ll probably decide to do something else.

    You’ve got to remember that in the fall and most of the winter, it’s sunny, it’s 72 degrees, no humidity, no real rainfall, so if the Rams want us to show up they have to offer something very entertaining. We’re the entertainment capital of the world, and so we tend to be choosy about where we spend our entertainment dollars.

    Good luck Rams!

  36. The moment Dean Spanos seals his foolish fate in LA.

    Mark Davis will bring his Raiders to San Diego and the Chargers will forever become the redheaded stepchild like the Clippers/Jets.

    Thanks for leaving Dean, I’ll take the dumb and dumber bowl cut down syndrome looking owner over you any day.

  37. FoozieGrooler
    Jan 16, 2016, 9:51 AM CST
    kitz626 says:
    “..Most of America supports trump….”

    Only if “most” counts as 33% of 25% of America.
    Math is hard.

    Just stating the fact of the polls,I don’t know the exact percentage but who cares? TRUMP 2016!

  38. So a city with MILLIONS of people has a press conference announcing the return of their beloved Rams, and just 200 people show up! We have 200 at the airport after a LOSS to show support for our team.

  39. I have said all along, football has the best chance of succeeding in Los Angeles if the town can get behind one team. Spanos paying $550 to relocate and to be Kroenke’s tennant just doesn’t add up. The Chargers aren’t marketable in Los Angeles. They would have to be rebranded to a name like the Dragons or Cobras. The Chargers would be far better off staying in San Diego. That is where they belong.

  40. Spanos needs to do some research and figure out how other NFL locations finance stadiums. For example, they are opening a billion dollar stadium in Minnesota this year. San Diego is bigger than every city in MN and makes way more from tourism. He has to figure out how much he can put into the stadium and how to get the rest. The problem for the Chargers is that the public vote is not taking place until June. He has to figure out where they are playing in 2016 by the end of March.

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