When the 2016-17 season came to a conclusion, so did an era that spanned more than 50 years for the Chargers franchise.
The team, which had called San Diego home since 1961, was moving back to Los Angeles due to an unresolved dispute between team ownership and the city with regards to a new stadium. While the team waits for the new facility it will share with the Los Angeles Rams to be completed, it will play at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Former NFL quarterback Dan Fouts, one of the greatest players in the history of the AFC West franchise, is no fan of the Chargers’ temporary home.
“It is embarrassing, I think, for both the Chargers and the National Football League, to be playing in a 27,000-seat stadium,” Fouts said Monday in an interview with KNX 1070 News Radio. “In fact, the Chargers’ first game ever, when they beat the New York Titans in a preseason game, in the Coliseum, it drew 27,000.”
The Chargers have played two exhibition games at the StubHub Center, with neither reaching the 22,000 mark with regards to attendance. That number should improve once the regular season begins, especially since the team announced in March that all of the available season-ticket packages were sold. But there isn’t much room for growth beyond that given the size of the stadium. This is something the Chargers will have to deal with for the time being as it was reported the new stadium isn’t expected to be completed until 2020.