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Chargers plan to play at StubHub Center in 2017-18

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The Chargers will indeed return to the city in which they were founded, 57 years ago. And they’ll be spending two years in a 30,000-seat stadium, playing at the StubHub Center until the stadium they’ll share with the Rams opens in 2019.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Chargers waited until after Wednesday’s meeting of the league’s stadium and finance committees to make the final decision to move. The team didn’t expect anything to happen at the meeting to change the mind of owner Dean Spanos, but Spanos wanted to wait.

After the meeting ended, Spanos informed Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners that the move will happen. The decision will be shared with the staff and with elected officials in San Diego and Los Angeles most likely on Thursday. The team will deny the decision is final until those things happen.

The StubHub Center gives the Chargers a chance to market a very unique experience, giving fans an intimate environment for watching a pro football game. The limited time for the limited-space event should give Chargers games a sense of intrigue and exclusivity before they go toe-to-toe with the Rams for customers at the stadium to be built in Inglewood.

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73 Responses to “Chargers plan to play at StubHub Center in 2017-18”
  1. snakesmileyface says: Jan 12, 2017 12:00 AM

    Only 30,000 seats?

    Where are the Charger fans going to sit when the Raiders come to town?

  2. theweedsthruthetrees says: Jan 12, 2017 12:03 AM

    Well at least they should sell out a game or two now…

  3. SouthStander says: Jan 12, 2017 12:04 AM

    And they still probably won’t sell out.

  4. bucrightoff says: Jan 12, 2017 12:04 AM

    Well at least one team in LA will sell games out….maybe. But in all seriousness that will be a great fan experience in a smaller setting like that.

  5. bearwithjetpack says: Jan 12, 2017 12:06 AM

    “The StubHub Center gives the Chargers a chance to market a very unique experience,”

    Come see an NFL simulation of that game the Baltimore Orioles played in front of a totally empty stadium during the Baltimore riots!

  6. skinsrock says: Jan 12, 2017 12:07 AM

    Oh yeah, that will be a cool place to watch a game… Also, should be all Charger fans at 30K and scalping will be at a premium if they are any good. It will be interesting to see if it will be loud at all… It looks pretty open. Redskins I think will be one of the opponents to visit in 2017.

  7. jvw1982 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:10 AM

    Yawn……

  8. 3menandablog says: Jan 12, 2017 12:11 AM

    Wow. What a joke of an organization. How can the NFL let this happen?

  9. Kim Jong Goodell says: Jan 12, 2017 12:11 AM

    From the tv it looked like the Chargers were pulling in about 20,000 fans for home games every week, so a 30,000 seat stadium is perfect for them.

  10. huskersqb7 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:11 AM

    It’s too bad, terrible planning. NFL is hurting in my opinion

  11. jetfand says: Jan 12, 2017 12:14 AM

    Rutgers plays in a bigger venue than that. Wasn’t someone’s backyard available?

  12. viper3675 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:19 AM

    Bye!

  13. lightninglucci says: Jan 12, 2017 12:20 AM

    This is a ploy to get a better deal out of San Diego.

    They’re not building anything, so no losses there. The relocation fees would be rescinded. The only downside is the Spanos family would be hated by the fans…oh…that happened long ago.

    They have nothing to lose!

  14. mdintino1420 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:20 AM

    If the Chargers can play at the Stubhub Center, the Raiders can play at San Boyd Stadium until the new stadium is built. Sam Boyd Stadium can be expanded to 40,000 seats.

  15. fordbw says: Jan 12, 2017 12:23 AM

    Great venue for an NFL game!

    Football is back in LA!

  16. Ravager619 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:24 AM

    It would be hilarious if the Chargers can’t sell out Stub Hub.

  17. canadianbillsfan says: Jan 12, 2017 12:25 AM

    Wow. What a joke of an organization. How can the NFL let this happen?
    ____________________________________

    Because spending 2 years in a 30,000 seat stadium beats having a two year repeat of the debacle that happened in Cleveland in 1996.

  18. beerieos says: Jan 12, 2017 12:25 AM

    I have no fan support for chargers but 2 teams in LA is a mistake. Nfl should do what the NBA did a couple years ago and force sell. And build a darn stadium. To be honest t g email nfl should pay for every stadium no tax payers

  19. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 12, 2017 12:27 AM

    Cool! Isnt this where the Lakers play?

  20. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jan 12, 2017 12:29 AM

    Can’t wait until they can’t sell out THIS stadium and then pull some stunt like the Packers and free hot chocolate. Maybe free sun screen?

  21. punxrawk124 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:32 AM

    They will probably be ditching the Chargers name next, which would probably be a good idea

  22. irimz says: Jan 12, 2017 12:32 AM

    Why not stay in SD and play in someone’s driveway!?

  23. Ivan Pavlov says: Jan 12, 2017 12:34 AM

    Smaller stadium + DTLA means ticket prices will skyrocket. These will probably be some of the most expensive tickets in the NFL. If the Chargers win some games … ticket prices will be insane.

    I’m wondering what claim, if any, current season ticket holders will have on seats at the new facility? Spanos doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who cares about whether people have been loyal to his team – or for how long.

  24. headwoundharry says: Jan 12, 2017 12:37 AM

    The ultimate embarrassment!

  25. motown81 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:41 AM

    Not a lot of options during the next two years. Coliseum has USC and the Rams. They could share the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with UCLA. Not sure why they are going with Carson option.

  26. richdogg231 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:44 AM

    I guess Spanos gets to play in Carson after all LOL. He’ll have trouble selling out the Stub Hub Center.

  27. sdcharger123 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:52 AM

    This is going to be an epic failure.

  28. byechargers says: Jan 12, 2017 12:55 AM

    Rent must be free or Spanos would never sign on

  29. FlorioHasAHeadLikeACube says: Jan 12, 2017 12:57 AM

    Lol at Fader fans talking about seat sales.

    So nice in SD now, great beaches, weather, no LA sleaze dripping everywhere.

    Might take the boat out this weekend.

    What you got?

    Weird how everyone on this site bitches about how bad the NFL has become, then acts indignant when fans don’t go to games. Make up your minds.

  30. reptar310 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:59 AM

    The Greater Los Angeles Metro Area has a larger population than 46 states in the union. The NFL and I are confident the area can support two NFL teams with a brand new stadium. Not every city can be as great as Los Angeles and New York, I’m sorry the rest of America.

  31. natelan69 says: Jan 12, 2017 1:05 AM

    Once the official announcement is made, I douse all my Chargers merch in gasoline and write these losers off with a single match.

  32. mongo3401 says: Jan 12, 2017 1:15 AM

    That’s about the inky venue in LA the Chargers have a chance of filling. Maybe. LOL. Dean Spanos is a bean head.

  33. JSpicoli says: Jan 12, 2017 1:43 AM

    tickets to the raider game in LA next year are going to skyrocket in price

  34. aj66shanghai says: Jan 12, 2017 1:55 AM

    NFL didn’t get where it is without knowing how to follow the dollars. This mess with 3 teams moving at the same time makes you wonder though.

    And for people talking smack about fans of these respective teams, don’t be so short-sighted. Patriots nearly got relocated before3 Kraft stepped up. Ken Behring tried his best to move the Seahawks around the same time. Cleveland and Baltimore lost storied franchises in my lifetime. Bills almost moved, Giants and Jets can’t even play in tgeir own state. So, nobody ia safe, and it has nothing to do with fan loyalty. Sympathize with the people of Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego, you never know when your favorite team may do something to tear out your heart and stomp it to bits.

  35. vr6ist says: Jan 12, 2017 2:03 AM

    From 0 teams in LA to 2????? Terrible decision.

  36. softhelmet says: Jan 12, 2017 2:17 AM

    20,000? Philip Rivers can afford to buy the first round of beers as a goodwill sort of get to know us gesture.

  37. gbatap says: Jan 12, 2017 2:21 AM

    Appropriate.

    Because by week 4, 75% of the tickets to their games will be available on Stubhub.

  38. adrianbeatason says: Jan 12, 2017 2:28 AM

    Can’t bring myself to root for the Chargers anymore. They had an appeal to them when they were underdogs in San Diego. Now they are just another B.S. LA team owned by greedy billionaires that demand too much from hard working tax payers.

  39. oregonraider says: Jan 12, 2017 2:31 AM

    So Spanos couldn’t find cheaper mall parking lots to rent out?

  40. San Diego Sportswire says: Jan 12, 2017 2:34 AM

    Awwww that’ll be cute! Good luck with that #chargers I’m taking my toys and going home, waaaaaa!

  41. ch1ggs says: Jan 12, 2017 2:46 AM

    People barely care about the Rams. Fewer still will care about the Chargers.

  42. lobzila says: Jan 12, 2017 3:30 AM

    Dean Spanos, nice to see your last tax payer ripoff failed and now you are taking your ball to another neighborhood. Make sure to tell them about how much money you need to support yourself at your level. Need some moving boxes, I will only mark them up like you did for beer prices at the game.
    So if you have a 30K seat stadium at your disposal, how much do thing you can charge for tickets now?
    Maybe you should of taken the Qualcomm deal after all.
    This former Charger fan says, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  43. zillabeast says: Jan 12, 2017 3:37 AM

    Dean Spanos’ $800 million dollar team is about to become a $3 billion dollar team thanks to the L.A. market alone. Would not be surprised to see him cash out in the near future once the value is confirmed.

  44. JR Salazar says: Jan 12, 2017 4:11 AM

    Obviously, Rose Bowl was out of the question.

  45. pondbridge says: Jan 12, 2017 4:15 AM

    This all screams bush league. The logic– don’t they have to pay a massive transfer fee. Per usual for Chargers, poor judgment. Either Petco Park adapted for football in SD or San Antonio. Bad business decisions made by incompetent businessmen.

  46. chipper41 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:24 AM

    La finally gets rid of Donald sterling just in time to inherit dean Spanos. That’s hilarious

    Rebrand as the Los Angeles cartel. After all Dean spanos has certainly left dead bodies all over the place

  47. MTLighthouse69 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:55 AM

    They probably won’t sell out the stadium with Chargers’ fans. I would expect many of the current Chargers’ fans would feel betrayed and too bitter to further follow/support the team in anyway.

    I would think that the worst place for them to move is Los Angeles. That they would be much better off finding a new state to move to. Somewhere, where they will put up with a horrible team, simply because they love the NFL.

    With a relocation fee, and I assume rent, that is a lot of money to spend to move to an area without a fanbase.

  48. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 12, 2017 6:42 AM

    Why does anyone not from San Diego care about this? What possible difference does it make to you where the Chargers play?

  49. chieftaindawg says: Jan 12, 2017 6:53 AM

    I like it. Smaller venues will bring more fair weather LA fans out to the game cause they won’t be sitting in the nosebleeds.
    Or it just gives the away teams fans that travel well another home game in LaLa land.

  50. ravens56 says: Jan 12, 2017 6:56 AM

    It took me two hours to get from LA to Stubhub Center to watch a Galaxy game once. I missed the entire first half. The fact that an NFL team will be playing in a 30,000 seat stadium is a joke. Goodell must go!

  51. b45290 says: Jan 12, 2017 7:45 AM

    Expect to pay twice the normal price for a ticket.

  52. Bo Darville says: Jan 12, 2017 7:54 AM

    Is there a need for two teams in LA?

  53. dvdman123 says: Jan 12, 2017 8:08 AM

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Most college stadiums
    have more seats than that. Where are those box suites?
    Why couldn’t they just stay in San Diego until the new
    stadium was complete? Still trying to figure out how
    L.A. is going to support two teams. This debacle should be
    fun to watch.

  54. concmike says: Jan 12, 2017 8:23 AM

    What will really be funny is at each home game the empty seats and away team fans being louder than the 16 Chargers/Carpetbaggers fans who actually show up….

  55. wend28 says: Jan 12, 2017 8:38 AM

    Was a high school stadium not available?

  56. completefan says: Jan 12, 2017 8:38 AM

    What to the Galaxy think of this. Is a football team not going to chew up their turf?

  57. jgedgar70 says: Jan 12, 2017 8:45 AM

    Spanos has done the impossible. He has made Jim Irsay look like a good owner.

  58. donbat67 says: Jan 12, 2017 8:46 AM

    30,000 sounds about right .

  59. djstat says: Jan 12, 2017 8:55 AM

    snakesmileyface says:
    Jan 12, 2017 12:00 AM

    Only 30,000 seats?

    Where are the Charger fans going to sit when the Raiders come to town?
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    2016 aside, Raiders fans haven’t been seen since 2002. They are not as powerful as a few think they are

  60. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 12, 2017 9:26 AM

    Cool place! Isn’t this where the Lakers play?

  61. fatguystrangler says: Jan 12, 2017 9:35 AM

    Although it would never happen, maybe the NFL should consider contraction.
    Too few quality QB’s, coaches, personnel. Might enhance the product instead.

  62. pantherpro says: Jan 12, 2017 9:40 AM

    Maybe Raiders could play there too so they wouldn’t need a tarp in Oakland

  63. jag1959 says: Jan 12, 2017 9:44 AM

    djstat says:
    Jan 12, 2017 8:55 AM

    2016 aside, Raiders fans haven’t been seen since 2002. They are not as powerful as a few think they are
    ___________________

    But they can front run and bandwagon with the worst of them.

  64. stlouisfan says: Jan 12, 2017 9:49 AM

    That’s 3 teams that will relocate in two years. In other news the NFL announced today that 10 more teams will move to California. 8 of those teams will play in LA. There will be 4 new stadiums built that will hold 100,000 fans each. Every Super Bowl , NFL draft , TV network , Presidential debate , Olympics , Pro Bowl , College Championship game , Academy Awards and movie premiere will be held there. NFL also exploring other teams moving to LA area as soon as they need new stadiums. LA Bills , LA Saints , LA Titans , LA Jags. No other cities will be considered .

  65. twinfan24 says: Jan 12, 2017 10:20 AM

    Ironically, this could be the future of pro sports – smaller stadiums and more people watching at home on TV. Maybe not in the next 5 years, but in 15-20, it would not surprise me.

  66. rcali says: Jan 12, 2017 10:43 AM

    Is every seat going to come with a 15% service charge?

  67. stlouisfan says: Jan 12, 2017 11:48 AM

    twinsfan24……………You are so right. Baseball is already building smaller stadiums. Average fans are going to priced out of PSLs and season tickets. Add in concessions , parking and in some places weather , its much more comfortable to watch a game at home . Own food, drinks ,bathroom, replays and watch any game you want. Take the PSL money and buy a really nice TV, have money left over to get the NFL package. I know its not the same as being there but its pretty close. There is no need for 80,000 to 100,000 seat stadiums anymore. Where does the NFL get most of their money ? TV contracts. Have some suits for the ultra rich and about 45,000 to 50,000 seats , sell out every game.

  68. fivestarmojoblog says: Jan 12, 2017 12:38 PM

    Thanks Dean Spanos!!! You got my lady to finally become a Steelers fan after supporting her home town Chargers all her life. Great work and thanks again!!!

  69. arcaero says: Jan 12, 2017 12:50 PM

    Mark Cuban was right. The NFL is collapsing under it’s own stodgy No Fun League weight.

  70. arcaero says: Jan 12, 2017 12:53 PM

    I would add that playing in a stadium named after a ticket scalper is ironic.

  71. Robert says: Jan 12, 2017 1:48 PM

    25,500 local L.A. Raider fans, and 500 tickets go to the Chargers family members.

  72. steves11 says: Jan 12, 2017 3:54 PM

    It’s hard to believe that the NFL would let one of its teams play in a stadium that only seats 30,000.

  73. mdintino1420 says: Jan 14, 2017 12:11 AM

    The NFL has another job to do:

    Approve the Raiders move to Las Vegas!!!!

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