After 56 years in sunny San Diego, the San Diego Chargers have officially decided to move to Los Angeles, CA. Their move was made public when the team tweeted a letter from their owner Dean Spanos confirming that at the start of the 2017 NFL season the Chargers will be relocated and renamed the Los Angeles Chargers.
"After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season," Spanos wrote. "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.
L.A. 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 L.A. 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 L.A. and we are excited to get started."
Before this dreaded news, the Chargers had worked tirelessly with local officials and community advocates, to build a stadium in San Diego. Relocations are difficult for teams and communities, so this decision to change the Chargers home city was not taken lightly. We know that Dean Spanos did everything he could to keep the Chargers in San Diego, but we can't help but feel that things were very quick to move over.
The news of the relocation came to light January 12, 2017, and the Charges wasted no time changing their social media account names to the "Los Angeles Chargers" and even their new team logo is finished.
Well in the end we can only wish the Chargers well and move on. Better things are coming to San Diego.