With possible LA move, Chargers plan new practice site
LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Diego Chargers are making plans for a new practice compound in Southern California as they consider a possible move to the Los Angeles market this year.
A statement from the team says the 5-acre parcel in the Orange County city of Santa Ana would be the site of its interim headquarters and training facilities, if it decides to move to the Los Angeles area.
Earlier this month, the NFL cleared the way for the St. Louis Rams to move to a planned stadium in Inglewood, just outside LA. The NFL has given the Chargers an option to join them. If the Chargers decline, the option would transfer to the Oakland Raiders.
This week, the Chargers submitted plans for the training site for consideration by Santa Ana officials.
''The franchise is continuing to review all of its options and no final decision on relocation has been made,'' they said.
''It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure ... approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team's offseason workout schedule,'' the Chargers added.
Meanwhile, a government board is poised to consider a proposal to allow two NFL teams to temporarily share the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the USC Trojans this year.
The Rams are expected to play their games at the Coliseum for several seasons while the Inglewood stadium is being built.
The Coliseum Commission took preliminary steps Thursday to consider amending USC's current lease, which allows only one NFL team. The change could clear the way for the Chargers to join the Rams at the historic Coliseum, if they decide to relocate.
The Coliseum Commission is a joint-powers authority with representatives of the state of California, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles.