The San Diego Chargers announced today that they will make the move they’ve been rumored to be making: relocating to Los Angeles.
The team, which will be known initially as the Los Angeles Chargers — although a name change is rumored to be in the works — also unveiled its new team logo, which you can see below.
The move comes on the heels of the Rams return to Los Angeles, with the Rams having just wrapped up their first season back in L.A.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced the decision in a letter released by the team, writing: “After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season. San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was expected to meet with Spanos today, released a statement welcoming the Chargers, saying: “Los Angeles is one of the world’s great sports towns. Championship teams and iconic athletes aren’t just memories here — they are legends woven into the fabric of our history. Today, we welcome an important part of that history back with the Chargers returning to Los Angeles.”
Garcetti added: “L.A. already has more visitors than ever before. The Chargers will make our NFL tradition even richer, and give sports fans everywhere one more reason to be in Los Angeles. I congratulate Dean Spanos and the entire Chargers organization, and look forward to the extraordinary contributions they will make to our entire region.”
The team is expected to play at the StubHub Center in Carson until a new stadium is built in Inglewood — with the Chargers and Rams to then share the Inglewood venue.