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Chargers owner Dean Spanos told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several league owners on Wednesday that he intends to relocate the franchise from San Diego, the team’s home since 1961, to Los Angeles.
The Chargers expect to play at StubHub Center in Carson the next two seasons before joining the Rams in a $2.66 billion stadium in Inglewood that is scheduled to open in 2019.
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Spanos has not told Chargers staff about his intention, nor has he informed government officials in either San Diego or Los Angeles county, and the decision is not considered official.
But those notifications could come as early as Thursday, when the Chargers have scheduled a morning staff meeting. Spanos is expected to make an appearance in Los Angeles later Thursday.
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Spanos informed Goodell and the owners after meetings by the NFL’s stadium and finance committees at the NFL’s Park Avenue headquarters Wednesday failed to change the Chargers’ situation in San Diego.
The Chargers believe the 27,000-seat StubHub Center, built by AEG and home of Major League Soccer’s Galaxy since 2003, presents a unique NFL fan experience and will help distinguish them from the Rams as they attempt to carve out a chunk of the nation’s second-largest market.
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The Chargers will also have a high profile in Orange County. The franchise has agreed to lease part of a Costa Mesa office campus and are working with city officials to secure permits for practice fields at the location. The Chargers have confirmed they will use The Hive and 3.2 nearby acres as their headquarters and training and practices facilities. Spanos is expected to visit Costa Mesa early next week.
Wednesday’s news is the latest move by the Chargers owner in his 15-year pursuit to find a viable option to an aging Qualcomm Stadium, the franchise’s home since 1967. NFL owners voted 30-2 last January...
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