Chargers officially bolt San Diego for Los Angeles

By Ron Clements 12 January 2017
Chargers officially bolt San Diego for Los Angeles

The San Diego Chargers have officially announced they will move to Los Angeles. 

Unable to reach an agreement for a new stadium in San Diego, owner Dean Spanos confirmed their franchise's intention to become the second team in as many years to relocate to LA, following the Rams, who moved back there from St. Louis in 2016.

Spanos wrote in a letter on the Chargers' Twitter page: "After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season. 

"San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years.

"But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers.

"LA is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organisation knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do.

"We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful a contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community.

"The Chargers are determined to fight for LA and we are excited to get started."

Spanos had a league-mandated deadline of Tuesday to decide whether to make the move back to the city where the franchise was born.

The Chargers will not share the Los Angeles Coliseum with the Rams and USC, but will reportedly instead play at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center – home of the MLS' LA Galaxy until 2019. They will then join the Rams at their new Inglewood stadium in 2019.

The final Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium was a 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 1 to close a 5-11 season.

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