After picking up and leaving San Diego for Los Angeles ahead of the 2017 NFL season, the Chargers have shot down all notions of the team moving after reports surfaced that the team would listen to the possibility of moving to London due to low fan attendance earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Chargers owner Dean Spanos addressed the media and shot those rumors down.
“We’re playing in LA,” Spanos said. “This is our home, and this where we planning to be for a long (expletive) time. Period. OK? If you want me to say it again, I’ll say it again. (Expletive) (expletive) that story. OK? Thank you.“
The rumors are certainly true, the Chargers have a non-existent fan base in Los Angeles and have been out numbered in their temporary home at 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, that they share with the MLS soccer franchise L.A. Galaxy, almost 3 to 1 by the visiting teams’ fan base.
The Chargers spent 56 years in San Diego before picking up and moving north and have struggled to gain a healthy fan base, some think it’s because the fact that there are two teams in LA, the Chargers and the Rams, in a crowded sports town that isn’t particularly found of the NFL.
With both the Chargers and Rams set to move into the brand-new $4.5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood next season in 2020, the NFL along with the other 31 teams should be concerned with the franchise’s future in Los Angeles.