Chargers are seeing a rare surge in season-ticket sales

Los Angeles Chargers: day two of training camp for the 2021 season
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The Fight for L.A. is back in the “undecided” category.

The Rams had ruled the return of the NFL to Los Angeles, buoyed by a head start, a far better interim stadium, and a better and more successful team. Now, as both franchises prepare for their second season in a new venue and the first with fans present, the Chargers are selling tickets at a rate they haven’t seen in a long time.

As recently noted by Daniel Popper of, the Chargers have “blown past” their average season-ticket amount of 45,611 during their final 20 years in San Diego. The team also said that sales over the past six months have been the most “robust” that they’ve seen in two decades.

The Chargers have an incredible nucleus of talent, along with one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. Soon to possibly be simply one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Beyond Justin Herbert, there’s Joey Bosa and Derwin James and Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and plenty of other great players who may be poised to make a jump, especially with Brandon Staley taking over as the head coach.

While the Rams and Chargers don’t compete in the same conference, they definitely compete in the same city. And the effort by the Rams to upgrade the quarterback position for 2021 likely was done with at least one eye on what the Chargers are doing. Before too long, the Chargers could become the dominant team in Los Angeles.

10 responses to “Chargers are seeing a rare surge in season-ticket sales

  1. LA is a poor sports town in general but the Chargers are way more popular than the transplant Rams, who are viewed here more like a Midwest team on vacation. The few real football fans in LA cheer for the Raiders mostly.

  2. LA is a great sports town – thousands of fans of virtually every NFL team and every major college team. One thing to consider – how much cheaper are the Charger PSLs and season tickets, compared to the Rams? Significant. So businesses and casual fans that want a seat in that beautiful stadium are going to opt for Charger tickets. And if someone tells you the Chargers are more popular than the Rams in Los Angeles, um, they’re just making stuff up as they go along.

  3. as soon as the novelty wears off of the shiny new stadium, and the teams do not fare well the fans will dissipate – LA is kind of fickle, why did the Rams and Raiders leave in the first place?

  4. It’s the only team where you can go and see the game and still social distance.

  5. People who live in LA are buying season tickets and plan to sell them on the secondary market. Visiting teams fans will buy the tickets to see their team play in a beautiful location/weather. Every Chargers game that I have been to since 2010 has been all visiting fans.

  6. The Chargers may not reach the level of fandom as the Rams but I think they’ll do fine. The Clippers have a solid fanbase even in the shadow of the Lakers. The NY Jets and Mets prosper in the town that had the Yankees and Giants. There are always contrarians who root for the underdog.And to the LA haters, the Dodgers, Lakers, and Kings all draw consistently big gates even when they’re not very good. And sports is not just what you watch but also what you do. LA has many all year recreational opportunities even in the depts of winter when it’s 55° F. Burr.

  7. I saw the Chargers winning the race to be L.A.’s official NFL team (more than the Rams). They are doing a good job branding their franchise to the younger generation. Their social media accounts, digital content, multiple uniforms are all indications they want the Rams to have the old fan base while they go for the younger fan base. The fact they have a franchise QB also helps them take the lead. Rams are trying to get that young fanbase (w/ multiple uniform sets), but they’re just not quite hitting the mark. Again, this is all from a brand/marketing point of view. Winning of course is a huge component.

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