It’s official. The San Diego Chargers are headed to Los Angeles. And with the move there will be a new logo. The team teased the new logo on their Twitter account and it looks similar to the Los Angeles Dodgers logo, except it’s a different font and a lighting bolt on the end.
The Chargers will play at StubHub Field, home of the Los Angeles pro soccer team, The L.A. Galaxy. The venue seats 30,000 people but it will have to do until the new stadium in Inglewood opens in 2019. The Chargers will have to share the venue with the L.A. Rams who will also use the stadium for their home games.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos wrote a letter to fans explaining he was sad to leave San Diego after 56 years but was excited about moving to Los Angeles.
A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017
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.
But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers.
LA is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community.
The Chargers are determined to fight for LA and we are excited to get started.
Players for the team formerly known as the San Diego Chargers tweeted out their thoughts to fans as they head to L.A.
S/O to the loyal fans willing to make this move with us. Thank you for the best year of my life… https://t.co/G9zVCNWzRd
— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) January 12, 2017
Thankful to our fans, supporters and the city of San Diego for everything my first year. You made it a special first year and place to live!
— Hunter Henry (@Hunter_Henry84) January 12, 2017
LA chargers does not change our main goal and thats winning. LA let's make this year great. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ #LaLaLand
— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) January 12, 2017
Tweets for the most part have been positive but QB Phillip Rivers hasn’t said much. He wasn’t too thrilled about moving to Los Angeles in 2016 when it was thought that the team would relocate last season. Rivers has eight children and had talked publicly about not wanting to raise them in L.A.
The Chargers wound up staying in San Diego for another season and the game on Jan. 1 2017 against the Chiefs would be their last in the city.
In addition to the new logo the Chargers announced Anthony Lynn as their head coach. Lynn was the offensive coordinator and interim head coach for the Buffalo Bills before accepting the position with the Chargers earlier today.