Goodbye San Diego, hello Anthony Lynn and Los Angeles. Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced he was moving his team from San Diego after 56 years to Los Angeles where the team would share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood, California.
Spanos wrote a letter to Charger fans explaining that he was sad to move on from San Diegobut was excited about moving to Los Angeles and helping out in the community.
A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017
After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season.
San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years.
But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers.
LA is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community.
The Chargers are determined to fight for LA and we are excited to get started.
It’s a sad day for Chargers fans who has worried this day would come for a while. Spanos had been talking about moving for years and it almost happened at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season but the city and Spanos worked out a deal to stay for another year. Ultimately it was all for naught and the team is now heading to Los Angeles.
The Chargers will play in the L.A. Galaxy stadium, the StubHub Center which holds around 30,000 people. That venue will of course, be the smallest in the NFL. But after watching the Rams struggle to fill the Coliseum it might actually be a good idea.
The team introduced a new logo online. It’s eerily similar to the L.A. Dodgers logo with the exception of a different font and a lightning bolt.
In addition to moving and rolling out a new logo the team also locked up Bills offensive coordinator, Anthony Lynn as their new coach. Lynn actually finished the season as Buffalo’s interim coach after the team canned Rex Ryan after week 16. Lynn will be tasked with trying to field a winning team despite all the chaos and uncertainty that surrounds the team as they transition to Los Angeles next season.
Chargers QB Phillip Rivers was vocal about wanting to stay in San Diego. Rivers and his wife are raising eight kids and Los Angeles isn’t the best place to raise a family. At 35 years of age Rivers could play for a few more years but with the amount of money he has made he could walk away if he wanted.
2017 will be a wild ride for Chargers fans. That is, if there are any left. Dean Spanos will have to find some new ones quick with all the money he is spending to relocate.