San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos officially announced Thursday that the team will be moving to the Los Angeles area effective immediately.
This means that the Chargers will play their first two seasons in Carson’s Stubhub arena, home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. This will be a very interesting venue for an NFL team, as most stadiums house around 80,000 fans on average while this one can hold around 30,000. Once Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Inglewood area complex is finished construction in 2019, the Chargers are expected to join them in the 100,000-plus capacity stadium as tenants.
The team will not re-brand itself, instead opting to go by “Los Angeles Chargers” with a logo change being revealed via the team’s official Twitter account.
A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017
This is an unfortunate end for the loyal fans of San Diego, who rooted for a franchise that had been there longer than the Colts had been in Baltimore or the original Browns had been in Cleveland.
As for how this affects the Ravens, Baltimore and the Chargers seem to matchup about as often as one can with a team outside of each other’s division. While they will not meet in the 2017 regular season, a potential Carson/Inglewood area trip could very much be a possibility for the Ravens in 2018.