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Chargers ready to say farewell to Dignity Health Sports Park


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Chargers ready to say farewell to Dignity Health Sports Park

The Los Angeles Chargers will play their final game at Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly knows as StubHub Center, this Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders. After moving from San Diego in 2017, the Chargers used the stadium in Carson — which seats 27,000 and is home to the L.A. Galaxy — as…

Chargers ready to say farewell to Dignity Health Sports Park

The Los Angeles Chargers will play their final game at Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly knows as StubHub Center, this Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders.

After moving from San Diego in 2017, the Chargers used the stadium in Carson — which seats 27,000 and is home to the L.A. Galaxy — as their temporary home for three seasons.

But the stadium didn’t seem like home for the Bolts, because the stands were flooded with fans of the opposing team and the seats were filled with colors other than blue and gold. Their cheers outnumbered those of Chargers fans, and they quite often booed the Chargers, too.

Season-ticket holders made a habit of selling their tickets for profit. It’s been tough for the Chargers to build a market because the Rams arrived in Los Angeles in 2016, and before that the city had no team after the Raiders and Rams both moved out in 1995.

For many of the players and coaches, they’re ready to start a new era when they move into SoFi Stadium in Inglewood with a capacity of 78,000, which will be shared with the Rams starting in 2020.

“I’m pretty excited for the new stadium to open up. Look at the game last week [against the Minnesota Vikings] — 90 percent purple, maybe. That’s tough,” guard Michael Schofield said. “Hopefully when we go to the new stadium it’s a lot better. Hopefully we have a decent fan base, a decent following.”

Coach Anthony Lynn compared it to a high school football stadium in Texas, while punter Ty Long felt like it was similar to the stadiums in the Canadian Football League, where he played before signing with Los Angeles.

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“We’re going to miss the place. You never are going to play someplace like that again, I believe, in that type of intimate environment. We’ll miss it, but we’re looking forward to going to our new home,” Lynn said.

In 2017, the Chargers lost their first three games there before winning the final five. Overall, they have a 12-11 home record compared to being 14-9 on the road during the three-year stint.

Fans that paid the hefty price to watch their favorite team at Dignity Health Sports Park were able to get an up-close experience as it appeared to be a lower-level view no matter where they sat.

But players are excited to move into a new stadium that will give them the feeling like they’re actually playing in the NFL.

“There’s something about that bigger stadium that feels like, ‘OK, now I’m on the big stage. I feel like a Roman gladiator, a rock star, all that. It’s just part of the experience,” running back Austin Ekeler said, per the Orange County Register’s Gilbert Manzano.

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