After spending 55-years in San Diego, the Chargers announced that the team is returning to their birthplace of Los Angeles.
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The Blue and Gold played their first game in Los Angeles in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget told Josina Anderson that he was surprised by the move.
“More than anything. I’m shocked,” said Liuget. “I didn’t think it was going to happen. I thought we were going to stay in San Diego. I thought something would’ve got done and worked out. So I guess L.A. is our new home then.”
Last season the Bolts applied for a relocation to Los Angeles but with the Oakland Raider’s stadium project in Carson, California, the move was voted down by Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s project. The project was a stadium plan in Inglewood, California, due to open, in 2019.
After an emotional win over the Miami Dolphin on Dec. 20, 2015, fans that attended Qualcomm Stadium witnessed an outpour of gratitude from their team. From wide receiver Malcom Floyd shedding tears, safety Eric Weddle making snowless snow angels midfield on the Chargers signature white helmet and quarterback Phillip Rivers signing autographs and giving his cleats to a loyal fan.
It’s uncertain where the Chargers will play their home games next season. There is a chance that the Blue and Gold will play at StubHub Center in Carson. Home to the MLS LA Galaxy, which holds 27,000 and with further renovation to 30,000.
By relocating to Los Angeles, the Chargers will leave behind the Blue and Gold Faithful’s that have supported and cheered for Hall of Famers Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, Junior Seau and Kellen Winslow Sr. Also, Charger Legends, Stan Humphries and Natrone Means during the Bolt’s only Super Bowl run in 1994.