First shot fired: Chargers will file for relocation to L.A. in January
San Diego Chargers stadium advisor Mark Fabiani has said the team is planning on relocating.
Fabiani told The Mighty 1090 AM radio show on Friday that the Chargers will be filing to relocate their franchise to Los Angeles. He said the decision was made because there haven’t been signs of other teams doing the same.
"As you know, 25 percent of our season-ticket business comes from those markets," Fabiani said. "So we have to be able to protect those markets. That’s why as a last resort we went out and created the certain option we now have in Los Angeles. And if everything is moving ahead, we’re not going to be standing on the sidelines and watching everything go by. We’ve got to stay in the game to protect the future of the franchise.”
However the Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams are all expected to file relocation papers in January, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The league currently has two Los Angeles proposals. In February, the Chargers and the Raiders proposed building a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson. In January, the Rams unveiled plans to build a $1.86 billion, 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood.
L.A. hasn’t had an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders both relocated to St. Louis and Oakland in 1995.
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