EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) – If anyone doubted the future of Chargers in Los Angeles, owner Dean Spanos …
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – If anyone doubted the future of Chargers in Los Angeles, owner Dean Spanos hopes the ceremonial start of building a new headquarters on Wednesday will give them an answer.
The chargers have already started work on the 14-acre site, which is scheduled to be completed in July 2024.
“It took five years to create. We finally have a home for the future. Now it is our home, ”Spanos said.
The Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2017. They played at the football stadium in Carson for three seasons before becoming co-sponsors of the Rams at SoFi Stadium in 2020.
Looking for a place for a permanent facility, Chargers since 2017 has had a temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa, located in Orange County.
Most of the facilities that the Chargers considered their new home were in Los Angeles County.
The headquarters will be less than 3 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 7 miles from SoFi Stadium. Beverly Hills-based Sonnenblick-Eichner announced in March that it had organized the construction and ongoing funding of the $ 276 million facility.
The complex was designed by Gensler Sports and includes three full-size fields, as well as a main building that includes team meeting rooms, a training ground, a rooftop hotel club and an Esports game studio. Chargers training camp will also take place here.
Quarterback Justin Herbert, who had an NFL center at Oregon State University, said the headquarters could help attract free agents and retain current players.
“It has to be right there, with the best of the best. The Spanos family has invested a lot, and it is up to us as players to come out and deliver, ”he said.
The NBA Lakers and the NHL Kings also have their training bases in El Segunda. The celebrations were attended by Lakers owner Ginny Bass and Kings President Luke Rabaitel.
While Rams owner Stan Kroenke has spent billions on building a posh SoFi stadium and adjacent campus, his coaches and players are still spending their weekdays working with temporary trailers at the Spartan training complex the team built on the campus of the University of California Lutheran University. -Oaks. his return from St. Louis in 2016.
But the Rams may finally be on the move in a few seasons: earlier this month, a Los Angeles City council member confirmed that Kroenke had bought the non-existent Woodland Hills Promenade for $ 150 million. The team is expected to build a training complex on the site, although it has not announced any plans or even confirmed the purchase of Kroenke’s property.
Spanos tried to downplay the fact that his team had made progress in creating a new facility for the Super Cup champions.
“Listen, we have to do what we have to do like them. For us, this is not a race for the first or the second. I don’t look at it that way, “he said.
AP sports writer Greg Beach contributed to this report.
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