For a while now, the threat to fans in a lot of NFL cities who were unwilling to foot the bill for a new stadium—a transparent racket considering all the good the team's presence did—was a move to Los Angeles. That threat was carried out with the
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers. These days, they trot out a team to play in front of a sparsely-populated StubHub Center where the largest percentage of fans in the crowd wear the opposing team's jersey, while the old fans in San Diego save up to travel up the coast for a game. That reality came to a head when revenue projections fell a tad lower than expected:
StubHub Center—located in nearby Carson, California—seats about 30,000 fans, and they can't even fill out that stadium, which is less than half the size of the smallest NFL stadiums, and fewer than a third of many college ones. And while the L.A. Rams are undefeated and play an exciting brand of football, the Chargers, despite a 4-2 record, aren't inspiring nearly as much excitement or fan engagement.
In 2020, the team is projected to move into the new stadium they're building in Inglewood, CA, where they'll act as a tenant rather than a co-owner in the venture. Coincidentally, the Chargers on Wednesday started marketing a season ticket opportunity at their new Inglewood digs for "for just about everyone." Everyone, that is, except for their San Diego fans.