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Report: Chargers acquire land for practice facility

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The Chargers have yet to work out a deal to share space with the Rams in Kroenkeworld. But they’ve taken another tangible step toward shedding the “San Diego” and returning to L.A.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers have acquired land in Orange County, and that the property will be used for a team headquarters and practice facility.

“The plans are for a five-acre parcel in Santa Ana that would be the location of the team’s interim headquarters and training facilities in the event the team exercises its option to relocate to the Los Angeles area,” the Chargers said in a statement, via Acee.

The news comes at a time when the L.A. Coliseum is clearing a path for hosting two NFL teams, one of various needles that need to be threaded to allow the Chargers to move. The Chargers nevertheless insist that a move is not imminent.

“The franchise is continuing to review all of its options, and no final decision on relocation has been made,” the Chargers said. “It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team’s offseason workout schedule.”

Whatever happens, a decision must be made sooner than later. Apart from the logistics associated with getting ready for the 2016 season, the Chargers have plenty of employees who need to know whether — and where — they’ll have jobs.

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48 Responses to “Report: Chargers acquire land for practice facility”
  1. icallbs81 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:22 PM


  2. cmj0121 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:28 PM

    If you look closely at the picture, you will see the same number of fans show up to see the Chargers play in Los Angeles.

  3. karmathaitch says: Jan 28, 2016 4:29 PM

    No more chargers updates please..


    Ex-Charger fan…

  4. skoobyfl says: Jan 28, 2016 4:33 PM

    Where’s the new mascot, Lambert ??

  5. pamperpro says: Jan 28, 2016 4:37 PM

    Big mistake.

    No discharger fan base in LA. If the raiders do move, I hope it’s to San Diego just to tighten up the screws on spanos and his bandwagon fan loving franchise.

  6. sindiegosage says: Jan 28, 2016 4:40 PM

    Did you really say ‘returning to L.A.’ Mike?

    What a stretch. A 55:1 ratio on years played in SD vice LA clarifies how silly that statement is.

  7. buttfumbles says: Jan 28, 2016 4:40 PM

    Ray Donovan flexing his muscle in L.A. to secure this land…

  8. schmitty2 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:42 PM

    South Orange County is very nice…beautiful homes, clean streets, nice people….and then you get to Santa Ana.

  9. detroit2sd says: Jan 28, 2016 4:46 PM

    What the guy above said!

  10. bondlake says: Jan 28, 2016 4:49 PM

    Please, please, please – – – just GO!

  11. itswhereyourmindsat says: Jan 28, 2016 4:51 PM

    Good bye chargers. I speak for everyone in san diego when I say get the hell outta here. And hello raiders

  12. dumdolt says: Jan 28, 2016 4:54 PM

    Los Angeles Chargers of Anaheim

  13. seatownballers says: Jan 28, 2016 4:55 PM

    Why spend the transfer fee?
    Why buy this property and build a new hq?

    Why not just stay and upgrade/remodel previous stadium?I think this is a bad idea of monstrous status

  14. buckyhamm says: Jan 28, 2016 4:55 PM

    Deano sell the team you cheap bum !!!!

  15. cajunaise says: Jan 28, 2016 4:59 PM

    1. Purchase the land.
    2. Knife fight.
    3. If victorious, start building.

  16. jayniner says: Jan 28, 2016 5:12 PM

    I wonder how many people have called Kevin after reading the sign on this post…..

  17. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 28, 2016 5:15 PM

    If someone owns an NFL team it’s not unreasonable to suspect that they are somewhat of a savvy businessman, right? Clearly this does not apply to Dean Spanos.
    Seriously these are his options:

    Go crawling back to San Diego and beg the city and fans to take him and his sorry team back and still put the publicly funded stadium ballot measure to a vote even after he made it clear he wants to abandon them all.


    Be Stan Kroenke’s TENNANT in HIS stadium (Dean can’t afford to split the cost and be an equal partner) and live with the terms he applies to your LEASE. But don’t worry, landlord Stan promises to be reasonable with the terms of the lease. No really guys, he promises.

    How does Dean Spanos let Stan Kroenke and Jerry Jones and the rest of the “good ol’ boys” club back him in to such a deep dark corner? He should just sell the team!

  18. isnotreality says: Jan 28, 2016 5:24 PM

    If Spanos is smart. Move to LA. Make minimal investment in team ie. new practice field HQ, then by being in the the LA market makes huge bank when he essentially flips the team. These guys are so-called business people and profit is job one not fan loyalty…

  19. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 28, 2016 5:26 PM

    I’ll never understand why L.A could go twenty years and happily be just fine and now suddenly they need not one but two football teams. Makes no sense, but whatever

  20. cowboy2016 says: Jan 28, 2016 5:30 PM

    The league is moving the direction of all 32 teams sharing Kroenkeworld, with half of those games played in London. Thanks Roger

  21. lscratchingthesurface says: Jan 28, 2016 5:36 PM

    I feel for the fans and the players. They are the ones who will have to deal with this mess.

    How can Spanos say nothing is planned for sure. You don’t buy land and ask other people for access to a field to play on if you aren’t going anywhere?

    I’m on the side of the fans in St. Louis and San Diego.
    Spazo,I hope you and your buddy from wally world go bankrupt!

  22. awelter23 says: Jan 28, 2016 6:35 PM

    He can acquire the land for minimal money (to him) and do nothing with it if he so chooses, however the move is to show leverage to the city of San Diego that he is indeed serious about moving… I think it’s a bluff. Either way it would suck to be a Charger fan right now.

  23. daramsman says: Jan 28, 2016 6:50 PM

    I know SD Charger fans are upset, But come on…I’m in St. Louis I wish all I had to do was drive a couple of hours to see the Rams. You need to stop whining. Can you imagine if they moved to Chicago?

  24. corvusrex96 says: Jan 28, 2016 7:16 PM

    I don’t know how any “fan” could support a team if it moved to another city regardless of how far away it is . If the Baltimore Orioles had moved the 45 miles to DC they might as well have been dead to me

  25. immafubared says: Jan 28, 2016 7:20 PM

    Another proof they are staying put. Notice didn’t say they actually purchased the land and talked with contractors about building plans. It’s just a piece of land they can sell anytime if they stay in San dieogo

  26. motown81 says: Jan 28, 2016 7:21 PM

    I hate when people write in and say they speak for all of San Diego. You don’t! I’m a life-long San Diego Charger fan and will remain a Charger fan. The City of San Diego has had 15-years to get a stadium deal done and instead has had constant political issues going on from Pension Scandals to Sexual Harassment scandals. They can’t even get out of their own way.

    So the team moves 90-miles north! Big deal! If you are dumping them then you are not a real fan. It’s not like they snuck out in the middle of the night. We had our chance to build a stadium. We built one for the Padres, why couldn’t we get one done for the more popular team?

  27. tindeaux says: Jan 28, 2016 7:33 PM

    i’m disgusted with my chargers. just get out of town now man.

  28. granadafan says: Jan 28, 2016 7:36 PM

    No one in LA wants the Chargers. The Raiders fans here certainly wouldn’t cheer for or support them. The best bet is for Spanos to do the right thing and build his own stadium where he belongs: San Diego. He can easily make amends with the fans there by not taking a single penny of taxpayer money and build his own complex ala the Inglewood project. Heck, the city could even give him sweet deals on the land and tax breaks. But, asking/ demanding that the taxpayers to give a billionaire a lavish palace is just too much.

  29. chargerdillon says: Jan 28, 2016 7:39 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

    We want it to look nice for Mr. Davis.

    Good luck being third fiddle in Southern California Dean, couldn’t happen to a more deserving crook.

  30. daytontriangles says: Jan 28, 2016 7:52 PM

    I have to wonder, would Spanos be better off dropping the Chargers name?

    Nobody in L.A. wants them there. Not the new or returning Rams fans. Not the hordes of Raiders fans. Not even the Mayor of L.A.

    If they re-branded and chose a name that resonated with the fans in Los Angeles, so that it felt fresh and new, maybe even get the fans involved on the logo and color scheme choices, they could generate greater interest, engagement and even loyalty with the fans.

    It would also leave open the possibility of re-using the Chargers name in San Diego, should they someday land another team.

  31. chipper41 says: Jan 28, 2016 7:55 PM

    they bought land in southern california…big deal. They bought land in Carson too. How’d that go? Socal land sells itself practically.

    And Santa Ana is dump. It is the ghetto of orange county. LMAO that Dean is allegedly putting team headquarters and the practice field in Santa Ana while Kronke will undoubtedly enjoy his palace and newly developed kingdom.

    I just don’t buy any of this. Still convinced a deal with San Diego is coming soon. with new players, funding etc…stuff that is being done behind the scenes and out of the press.

  32. Hitdog18 says: Jan 28, 2016 8:48 PM

    Sorry, but there’s no WAY SD is going to pass the stadium plan in June.

  33. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 28, 2016 8:48 PM

    When the Chargers in Los Angeles host home games against the Raiders it will be dominated by Raiders fans.

  34. chargerz4life says: Jan 28, 2016 9:02 PM

    I am a Chargers fan and will never root for the Raiders even if they do come here. I better not hear an ex-Charger fan start claiming the Raiders rings. That is what all the band wagon fans are gonna do!
    BOLT UP!!

  35. mdintino1420 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:21 PM

    The Carson site can be used for the Dodgers. They will need a new ballpark pretty soon.

  36. rcali says: Jan 28, 2016 9:49 PM

    Wow, I guess Chargers ownership does have plenty of money to build their own facilities! It’s a Christmas miracle everybody!

  37. mdintino1420 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:56 PM


    San Diego and Los Angeles are not next door neighbors. The two cites are 120 miles apart.

    Dean Spanos needs to get on the local news and apologize to the San Diego residents. He needs to be honest and promise to contribute as much money to the new stadium as possible. If he shows that he is committed in San Diego, things can get turned around in a hurry.

  38. mrneto72 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:48 PM

    Nobody, I mean nobody wants the chargers in LA, I know a lot of people that live in LA, I have met only one, ONE, Charger fan, still in have to remind him when his team plays!!!

  39. mrgroovesd says: Jan 29, 2016 1:05 AM

    I have a new motto for the Bolts…Just Leave Already!

  40. i10east says: Jan 29, 2016 1:42 AM

    The Los Angeles Chargers of Santa Ana at Southern California

  41. huck222 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:26 AM

    I think they should get a stadium in north San Diego county and be called the “California Raiders”! That would send chills through both Chargers & Rams organizations… 🙇🏿🙇🏿🙇🏿

  42. kylexitron says: Jan 29, 2016 5:14 AM

    The fans are going to go crazy for the Rams for one 7-9 season and then they will stop coming.

    There’s a reason LA last two teams in the past. There is just too much going on there to make following a football team religiously a priority and you need a strong base of hard core fans to keep the fire stoked when you’re not winning. LA won’t have that and we’ll be back to square one the moment whatever new lease is up.

    Not LA fans fault. New York would be the same way if the weather was as nice as LA most of he year and they could do stuff rather than huddle indoors watching games.

    Miami probably would have lost the Dolphins years ago for the same reason had the Dolphins not established themselves early in the super bowl era.

    I hope it works out for the Rams but I have my doubts. Let alone a chargers team nobody wants in LA except for the fans in SD that think they can make a long distance relationship work.

  43. abyrdblog says: Jan 29, 2016 8:29 AM

    Been a charger fan my entire life, that being said – Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

    With Spanos behavior and keeping us hanging, for not recognizing that the fans have been there through the horrible years and the not so bad years, we supported you through the recession and what do we get in return….absolutely NOTHING. Not even the decency to just come out and say – see you San Diego.

    I will wholeheartedly embrace the Raiders if it kills me. Whoever comes to town I’m sure will get revenge support if nothing else. They sure can’t treat the fans any worse than Spanos has.

  44. tvguy22 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:45 AM

    Strange coincidence: the reporter’s name in the story is Kevin and the realtor’s name on the sign is Kevin.

  45. mogogo1 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:24 AM

    Is this actually going to work out for the Chargers financially? From the sounds of it their ongoing lease payments to the Rams could eventually surpass what their share of a new stadium back in SD would cost.

  46. openyoureyes12 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:07 AM

    I really, really don’t like the idea of 4 teams being in 2 cities. That’s 1/8 of the entire league residing in NYC and LA. I’ve said it on the other stories too, just imagine how ESPN and the other networks (who are all based out of LA and NYC) will be all season long. I can imagine all of the biases in favor of a LA vs NYC Super Bowl by all of the talking heads and I shudder at the thought of it.

  47. R.J. says: Jan 29, 2016 10:22 AM

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the Spanos family.

  48. granadafan says: Jan 29, 2016 11:25 AM

    “4512dawg4512 says:
    I’ll never understand why L.A could go twenty years and happily be just fine and now suddenly they need not one but two football teams. Makes no sense, but whatever

    It’s because we refused to give taxpayer money to multi billionaires. Downtown LA is going through major development with skyscrapers being put up left and right with ZERO tax dollars given to the developers. The Staples Center (Lakers, Kings, Clippers) was built with ZERO tax dollars.

    The NFL came and tried to make us pay for a stadium and we told them to go to hell. We in LA don’t want the Chargers. They need us more than we need them.

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