NFL's Chargers Announce Move to Los Angeles
The team joins the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation's second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades.
The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation's second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades. The announcement was made Thursday.
The Chargers' decision to move comes less than three months after San Diego voters resoundingly rejected a team-sponsored measure asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes to help fund a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center.
“Los Angeles is one of the world’s great sports towns," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday in a statement. "Championship teams and iconic athletes aren’t just memories here — they are legends woven into the fabric of our history. Today, we welcome an important part of that history back with the Chargers returning to Los Angeles."
He continued: “L.A. already has more visitors than ever before. The Chargers will make our NFL tradition even richer, and give sports fans everywhere one more reason to be in Los Angeles. I congratulate Dean Spanos and the entire Chargers organization, and look forward to the extraordinary contributions they will make to our entire region.”
The Chargers are leaving behind a loyal fan base that cheered for Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow during the "Air Coryell" years in the 1970s and early 1980s, and for Junior Seau, Stan Humphries and Natrone Means on the Chargers' only team to make it to the Super Bowl in 1995.
San Diego could become a tenant in the stadium being built in Inglewood for the Rams if the Chargers exercise that option.