San Diego Chargers Announce Relocation To Los Angeles

Ford Springer | Reporter

The San Diego Chargers have announced they will be moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.

A fan of the San Diego Chargers holds a sign en route to the Charger's 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 1, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Chargers chairman Dean Spanos made the announcement official with a letter posted to the team’s already revamped Twitter account Thursday.

“After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season,” Spanos began.

“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,” the Chargers chairman continued.

“But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers.”

san diego chargers (Photo credit: Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

“At first, I hoped it was fake news. It’s something that is unfathomable, but it is reality,” Chargers great Dan Fouts told ESPN of the move.

Current Chargers players have had mixed reactions to the relocation.

“It’s different to hear the Los Angeles Chargers,” wide receiver Keenan Allen told ESPN, “but it should be dope.”

“More than anything, I’m shocked,” defensive tackle Corey Liuget said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen. I thought we were going to stay in San Diego,” Liuget added. “I thought something would’ve got done and worked out. … So I guess L.A. is our new home then.”

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

The Chargers applied to relocate to Los Angeles last year along with the then St. Louis Rams. Now they will join the Rams to compete for fans in one of the nation’s biggest markets.

Ford Springer

Reporter

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