As the Chargers prepare for their first home game in Carson, there is a lot of buzz about how there are still tickets available.
Perhaps the best decision the team made in this whole mess was to move to StubHub Center while a permanent stadium is being built. The Coliseum or the Rose Bowl, had they been available, would have been an optical disaster.
They took a weakness (lack of support in L.A.) and turned it into a kind of asset (intimacy).
Not selling out immediately – for the opener – though, is shocking. It’s a 27,000-seat stadium, a little more than one-third the size of the venue formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium.
It has led people to think maybe, just maybe, things will go so poorly that the team’s owners will change their minds.
They won’t. This is a 20-year investment. They’re not going to bail the first day.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
geeze, why the big deal, its all set up entertainment for money, just ignore the nfl and see how fast ticket sales and prices drop.
Over the last 10 or so years of watching the stadium saga take place, it became increasingly evident that pro football was becoming a luxury item for SD. The necessities of road repair, police, fire, libraries and other everyday city expenses where, and still are, becoming harder to pay for. Setting aside monies to build a football palace, necessary to keep up with the (Jerry) Joneses, was become less palatable to a majority of San Diegans. The Chargers did what the had to do, that is, move to LA, because a palace is what they consider a necessity in their own industry, in order to protect and grow the value of their asset.
I may not like the idea of them moving, but I understand why they did it and will not cry over it.
Like Scott Lewis, I was saddened to see Dan McSwain's farewell piece in the paper. I enjoyed reading his columns as he always had a sober look at the realities of city finances and other business issues. Good luck to him in whatever he chooses to do.
That was a good summary of the Charger situation. Las Vegas not withstanding, i am hopeful that cities across the nation will stop allowing the NFL to hold them hostage. The Chargers made $30 million in 2015! Why was that not good enough for them? Teams are demanding mega stadiums with a huge amount of luxury sweets, so they can be rolling in even more cash. In a capitalist society that keeps professing to believe in the free market system, we keep subsidizing a business that is doing just fine without dipping into people's pockets.
@bgetzel --According to Forbes, The Team That Used To Play In San Diego made $59 million in 2016. And continued to pay no rent, as had been the case since around 2007.
For the next ten years the Chargers have to pay 65 million dollars in re-location fee. With the club playing in in a 28,000 seat stadium with a lot higher prices. They might break even.
The Raiders the last few years in Los Angles after ten year were drawing only 55,000. The Rams were still in town. How many people do you think the Chargers will draw in there new Rams stadium in three years. I am guessing 45,000 including the 10,000 opposing team fans. They need to win their division every year to get over 60,000. Easy prediction. They will be back in ten years in San Diego. Like the Raiders gave up on LA in ten years.
@mike johnson @David Crossley @bgetzel The relocation fee is most likely tax deductible which will certainly soften that expensive payment blow. If that money had gone into a new stadium, it more than likely would not have been deductible but added to the cost of a rapidly depreciating stadium which would have been owned by the city, not the Chargers.