If you were looking for a new reality television series, you could have one when it comes to the San Diego Chargers. Perhaps call it “As the Winds Turn” or maybe “Should We Bolt or Not?” or maybe even ” Farewell My Love” and on and on….
In the latest chapter of the Chargers’ will they stay or will they go saga, the team announced late last week that it was staying put in San Diego…. that is at least for the 2016 campaign.
According to Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos, the Bolts are staying put for the 2016 season as they look towards a new stadium remedy in America’s Finest City.
While that all sounds good to the public, there is that little thing known as Inglewood that hovers over the entire story.
As was also reported recently, the Chargers and the now once again Los Angeles Rams (will play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the interim) could end up being partners in the latter’s new stadium set to open in Inglewood in 2019.
Chargers can still bolt to Los Angeles area
The Chargers have a little less than one year (until Jan 15, 2017) to invoke their opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles and join owner Stan Kroenke and his returning Rams.
Making the possibility of a move to the Los Angeles area possible down the road, the Chargers also announced in the last week that they were going through with plans for a land purchase in Santa Ana for a practice facility and offices.
According to a statement from the team, “This week the Chargers submitted grading and landscape plans for approval by the City of Santa Ana. The plans are for a five-acre parcel in Santa Ana that would be the location of the team’s interim headquarters and training facilities in the event the team exercises its option to relocate to the Los Angeles area. The Chargers were granted the right to relocate to Los Angeles by vote of the NFL’s ownership on January 12, 2016. The franchise is continuing to review all of its options, and no final decision on relocation has been made. It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team’s off-season workout schedule.”
What this all boils down to is:
- The Chargers will play in Mission Valley for the 2016 season;
- The Chargers and the City of San Diego will continue to look at the options of building a downtown stadium or one in Mission Valley to keep the team in San Diego;
- Spanos and Co. will use the possibility of joining Kroenke and the Rams in Inglewood as a bargaining chip with San Diego officials;
- Charger fans will continue to be left in limbo as to where their team’s long-term home will be.
We now return you to your local station’s reality show programming….