After years of speculation, barring a last-second change of heart, the Chargers are coming to Los Angeles.
Team president Dean Spanos could announce the news as early as Thursday that the team is leaving San Diego.
Can confirm #Chargers owner Dean Spanos reached out to the comissioner and several owners to inform them of his intentions to relocate to LA— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) January 12, 2017
#Chargers owner Dean Spanos has called an 8 am staff meeting to inform team employees of decision— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) January 12, 2017
After spending its inaugural year in Los Angeles, the franchise has called San Diego home since 1961. The Chargers moved into Qualcomm Stadium in 1967, and were still playing their home games at the aging venue during the 2016 season.
The opportunity to join the Los Angeles Rams in their brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Inglewood, set to open in 2019, was a driving factor in the decision to relocate. A failed vote on a new stadium in San Diego last fall left the franchise with little choice but to follow through on the move.
There is speculation that the team will play its home games at the StubHub Center in Carson until moving into its permanent home in 2019.
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