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Chargers Stadium

Ellie Noel, adviser

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The San Diego Chargers shocked the nation with their final decision to move to Los Angeles.  After years of tough debating, they finally made the decision to move after they realized that a new stadium would be too expensive to build in San Diego. The owner of the Chargers Dean Spanos sent this letter on Thursday, 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.

Dean A. Spanos

Owner – Chairman of the Board”

 

However, this event is the first time in history that a city did not want the new team. In fact, LA stated this, “Wow, just what we need, the return of a professional sports team with no buzz, no tradition, few local fans north of south Orange County, limited success, and an owner who just stole them away from a place where they were loved unconditionally for 56 years.” Many think that the Chargers are San Diego’s team. The Chargers are beloved here. The Chargers belong here. And so, with heavy hearts, all that we can do is wish The Chargers well on their journey to Los Angeles.

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