With Raiders coming to town, Chargers practicing for crowd noise at home

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In the week before a road game, NFL teams blare crowd noise over the speakers on their practice fields. For home games, dealing with crowd noise is usually not an issue.

But it’s an issue this week for the Chargers.

The Chargers, who have consistently struggled to attract fans to their tiny temporary home stadium in Carson, California, are piping in crowd noise to prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Raiders, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.

While the Chargers’ fan base in Southern California is small, the Raiders still have plenty of fans in Southern California even though they left Los Angeles to return to Oakland in 1995. The photo published here, showing a lonely Chargers fan in a sea of Silver and Black, was taken at the Raiders-Chargers game in Carson last year. So it’s likely that Carson will resemble the Black Hole on Sunday, and Raiders fans will drown out Chargers fans — and possibly drown out the Chargers’ offensive signals.

31 responses to “With Raiders coming to town, Chargers practicing for crowd noise at home

  1. What a mess the greedy Dean Spanos has made of the team. He gave unreasonable demands to San Diego, and irrationally moved to LA where no one even wanted the Chargers. He’s a mere tenant in the LA Galaxy soccer stadium and will still be a tenant to Stan Kroenke in the Rams new stadium. We in LA didn’t want the Chargers and still don’t want them. Every embarrassing crowd story is well deserved. Every home game is a like a home game for the opponent.

  2. That’s a issue for every Charger home game. It be a sea of the opposing team colors in that stadium

  3. This is what the raiders can look forward to every week, once they finally get to Vegas. Opponents teams fans will be combining a trip to Vegas with watching their home team. Al has got to be rolling in his grave for giving Lloyd Christmas the keys to his team.

  4. For God sakes, move the team back and cut your losses. The move didn’t work. Own up to it and put the Chargers back to San Diego were they belong.

  5. At least when they were in San Diego that had an identity. Why couldn’t Spanos take the $500 plus million he’s spending on relocation and his tiny portion of the new stadium, and upgrade Qualcomm Stadium? San Diego is a great city and it’s a shame it cannot host anymore Super Bowls. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather make a trip in early February to San Diego over places like Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Dallas.

  6. I’m a Raiders fan. Let me tell you about the Raiders fans who will be at that game. They’re garbage. They are an absolute embarrassment. I already can’t stand many of them who go to the Oakland games. In LA get ready for all the vatos who live within a 200 mile radius.

  7. Being a visitor at home doesn’t bode well for the nomads of the NFL! Maybe, if they ever get a home game in Vegas they’ll turn this game around.

  8. The Raiders are still much beloved in LA. Al Davis would have kept them here, except the rest of the NFL owners insisted that whatever stadium he built would have to be shared with another team. I remember hearing that NFL owners all but forbid the Raiders from moving back to LA. The people here would love to have them back. You can count on plenty of LA folk driving to Vegas for Raider games.

    The Rams are establishing themselves as being the dominant LA football team. Big stars, plenty of swagger … undefeated so far this season.

    The Chargers need to do something to avoid be relegated to being something like the Clippers. The obvious answer is winning.

  9. As has been said: why could Spanos not see that moving to LA be a belly-up of the highest magnitude? The fans knew it.

    Sundays were great. Go to the supermarket and the air was electric. You could feel it. Happy fans buying chips and beer and strangers greeting one another, wives wearing those pink Chargers jerseys, everyone was pumped up.

    There are so many Raider fans in San Diego. If the Raiders had moved here they would pack that stadium every home game. Qualcom would have been upgraded.

    Just my three cents. They are not my team but I still follow them and root for them to win.

  10. Back when Ditka coached the Bears – the Lions had similar problems in the Silverdome. Chicago fans outnumbering Detroit fans.

    I saw one of those games – the Bears won it before the coin was tossed. The Lions came out first. They were all over the Detroit sideline, doing their stretches and warming up as individuals. The Bears came out like a military unit. They marched into the middle of the field and took possession of the stadium. They did pushups in unison, with precision, as a unit. The Lions players stopped what they were doing to watch. Game over. Darryl Rodgers … oy.

  11. Relocating the Chargers should have never been allowed. The Chargers have been stuck with a bad owner for too long. They should’ve made them stay and rebuild Qualcomm. This is pathetic

  12. the city of SD screwed this up…there absolutely should be a stadium on the water connected to the convention center….it would be the best location in the country…i can understand why oakland would not pay for a ball park..they are bankrupt and who would want to go there…..SD is a convention city….how hard of a concept is this

  13. Well I’m a Raiders fan and should be happy that they will have homefield advantage this Sunday, but I’m not. This is just a really bad situation.

  14. For God sakes, move the team back and cut your losses. The move didn’t work. Own up to it and put the Chargers back to San Diego were they belong.
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    The only way that happens is if the NFL makes Dean Spanos either sell the team or swap teams with another owner because nobody and I mean NOBODY in San Diego would welcome the Chargers back if the Spanos family had anything to do with the team

  15. Raiders played better last week but I don’t think they’ll have enough pressure for cry me a river Rivers. Tons of Raider fans in LA they and we deserve better.

  16. What a mess the greedy Dean Spanos has made of the team.

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    Yep. He’s probably just waiting for Alex to die so he can sell the team. The move to LA made them worth a lot more, despite the product on the field. If the Clippers can sell for $2 billion, the Chargers will command more than that.

  17. Normally I find some witty and god awful joke to make but nothing I say could trump the fact that Chargers moving to LA where they are now the Clippers of the NFL there is so big of a joke that I can’t even top it

  18. Clearly the wrong team is leaving California in a couple years. The nfl screwed that one up big time.

  19. wahoo21 said: “The only way that happens is if the NFL makes Dean Spanos either sell the team or swap teams with another owner because nobody and I mean NOBODY in San Diego would welcome the Chargers back if the Spanos family had anything to do with the team.”

    Me: That is a fact..

  20. 00otto said: “the city of SD screwed this up…there absolutely should be a stadium on the water connected to the convention center….it would be the best location in the country…i can understand why oakland would not pay for a ball park..they are bankrupt and who would want to go there…..SD is a convention city….how hard of a concept is this.”

    Me: 00otto, the concept that you are having a hard time understanding is: “fiscal responsibility.”

    (1) The site downtown near the water is a future environmental problem with all of the fuels, oils and other contaminated material that seeped into the soil. Who pays for the cleanup? The people of san Diego, not Spanos, but Spanos will benefit.

    (2) The downtown site is too small for a stadium, for parking and for travel in the general vicinity on game day. Why would you shoehorn a stadium in an area where there is no room, instead of, using an existing site with plenty of room near to six freeways, dual track trolley service and available redevelopment funds?

    (3) The people of San Diego wanted the Chargers, wanted a new stadium but at what cost. The expansion of Qualcomm for Spanos is still not paid off from the late 1990s.

    Why should the citizens of San Diego give free stuff to billionaires when the billionaires could chip in some cash to help out but refuse on the grounds that they got free stuff before? Remember the “ticket guarantee” where the Chargers only had to do the minimum in marketing to sell tickets then the city agreed to buy unsold tickets? We are still paying that off as well.

  21. Goodell and the NFL owners have a huge problem with the LA Chargers ‘relocation’ as well as the Raiders move to Las Vegas. The NFL is facing TV viewership and game attendance challenges. Failed relocations like the LA Chargers result in significantly lower fan interest. It takes decades to build a fan base. PARTICULARLY when you have multiple entertainment options for consumers to spend their money on. Las Vegas is a mirror image of LA on that issue. Neither the LA Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders will ever get traction in these markets. Goodell should address the Chargers situation immediately to move the Chargers back to SD and upgrade San Diego stadium. Not all owners can have a modern, state of the art stadium. Spanos has ‘rented’ everything; i.e. the soccer field, the practice field, the Charger HQ. Contracts can be renegotiated. Kroenke couldn’t care less either way. The Rams own LA under any scenario. Another move by the Chargers would require another $600,000 relocation payment to NFL owners. Spanos is still paying off the first $600,000. So, he’d have $!.2 million to pay in relocation penalties alone. Spanos is ‘trapped.’ FIGHT FOR LA is now a joke and the franchise management is a mess. The “spill over” to the rest of the NFL is significant. The can not afford 2 problem franchises. They must revamp a bad, unsustainable relocation policy. I’ve been saying that since before this move began. It’s failed. Get it, Mr. Goodell?

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