News broke late last night that the San Diego Chargers plan to announce that they are moving to LA as early as Thursday, ending their 55-year stint in San Diego. The Chargers played their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961.
Wednesday night, the Chargers notified NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that they plan to move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season, according to sources.
As one league source cautioned Wednesday night, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos had yet to send a formal relocation letter to the NFL or notify public officials in Los Angeles or San Diego of the team’s move — or even tell the members of the Chargers organization about his plans. The source insisted nothing is final.
But unless Spanos unexpectedly changes his mind at the last moment — and there certainly have been enough plot twists in this San Diego stadium saga — the Chargers will be moving to Los Angeles.
A team employee told The Associated Press that the Chargers have scheduled an 11 a.m. ET staff meeting for Thursday, the topic of which hadn’t been divulged.
It has yet to be determined where the Chargers would play home games over the next two seasons while their stadium is being built. One possibility is the StubHub Center in Carson, where the LA Galaxy play. The stadium can hold about 27,000 fans.
The Chargers finished the 2016 season last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record.