Los Angeles Chargers

Is playing in StubHub Center an embarrassment for Chargers?

August 13, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - The Los Angeles Chargers take the field for the first game against the Seattle Seahawks at the StubHub Center in Carson on August 13, 2017 (Photo by K.C. Alfred/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by K.C. Alfred/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts isn’t happy with the Los Angeles Chargers. That might be putting it mildly after hearing his interview on Monday with KNX 1070 News Radio.

“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 of the StubHub Center, the temporary home of the Chargers. “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 are currently playing in the stadium originally created for the Los Angeles Galaxy, a Major League Soccer team, while their $2 billion stadium is being built. Typical NFL stadium capacity runs around 65,000. That’s a considerable size gap from the 27,000 seats in the StubHub Center.

However, the stadium in itself doesn’t deserve the blame.

The Chargers had long been a franchise with steadily declining attendance before it sought refuge in another city. If there is anything to be embarrassed about, it’s the fact that the team hasn’t even been able to fill up the StubHub Center to full capacity so far in the preseason. Attendance at a Week 2 preseason game at home against the New Orleans Saints was 21,197, according to Los Angeles Times writer Mike DiGiovanna.

If the Chargers ask nicely enough, maybe the city of San Diego will take them back.

They haven’t been able to fill stadiums because they can’t win football games. The last two years have been spent looking up to the rest of the AFC West, as they’ve failed to even compete in the division. A 4-12 record in 2015 and a 5-11 record in 2016 isn’t going to attract the masses in a big city like Los Angeles. Imagine 21,197 fans in a stadium built for 70,000-plus. Is playing at the StubHub Center really such a bad thing?

“Both the city and the ownership are to blame for where the Chargers are right now,” Fouts said. “They couldn’t get together on a deal for a new stadium for over 15 years, so both sides have to share in the responsibility.”

It would have been better for the city of San Diego and the Chargers franchise if they came together for a solution to keep the team in San Diego. That city was full of fans that still cared about the Chargers, even though they’ve stunk the last couple years.

Those thousands of faithful ticket buyers can now watch as a bigger market snubs its nose at the mediocre Chargers — a visual confirmation that they deserved better.

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  1. David

    Aug 30, 2017 at 5:50 am

    In 2020, when the Chargers are playing in a world class stadium, with a population of 16 million, the odds are in Spanos favor that the games will be sell outs. After wasting 15 years trying in San Diego to biikd a stadium,games filled with visiting team fans, fare weather fans voting no on proposition C, why would he go back?

  2. Danny j

    Aug 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Of course it’s embarrassing…for the NFL not to step up to help figure a way in San Diego in state that is so screwed up it takes 10 years to build a small desalination plant and almost 12 or more years to build the sunrise power lines that bring in the forced renewable energy we have to buy is acdisgrace. I watched fouts play when the stadium barely had a few Hundred opposing fans Attending. Watch the holy roller and listen to the announcer Bill King say except for few raider fans every one else was in shock.
    The chargers are San Diego. Dean should rebrand if he really wants to be LA. Let us keep the name and the history and one day it will comeback and we can be rivals with LA. Damm shame the whole thing.

  3. James Collins

    Aug 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with you Dan. They have been unable to win & that sells tickets! I hate they have to share a stadium with Rams, in the future.

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