Charger franchise might be on its way to Los Angeles

By Kenny Gardner

The San Diego Chargers franchise has tried to propose deals that would create a new stadium built within the San Diego area.  Qualcomm Stadium opened in 1967, and served as a the home of the San Diego Charges and Padres until 2003.  However, the Charger franchise wants a more modern stadium. A proposed $800 million project has failed, and Edward P. Roski, who is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, presented plans for a new stadium that would move the Chargers to Los Angeles.  Roski proposed a stadium which would seat 75,000 fans, be privately financed and the main attraction in City of Industry.

There is also a proposed deal that would move San Diego next to the Staples Center, and this deal has been supported by Magic Johnson.  The Charger franchise is desperate for a new stadium for their organization and fans.  San Diego would like to host another Super Bowl, but the NFL is against this until they get a new stadium.  The Chargers have underachieved as of late.  After losing in the 2008 AFC title game, San Diego has not made it past the second round of the playoffs, they were eliminated in their first playoff game in 2010, and have not made it to the playoffs the last two seasons.  These were major blows to Charger fans, but losing their franchise would hurt on an entirely different level.

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