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Chargers will temporarily play in a 30,000 seat stadium in LA and that’s actually a great idea

The StubHub Center should make for a unique gameday experience.

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The Los Angeles Chargers are headed out of San Diego because Qualcomm Stadium was no longer a viable option to host the team and the team’s eventual home will be a new stadium in Inglewood, Calif. set to open in 2019.

But while the team waits for the stadium costing more than $2 billion to be built, the Chargers will temporarily play its home games at StubHub Center — a tiny stadium built in 2003 for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy — and it’s actually a great idea.

The 27,000 seat stadium will be expanded slightly to hold 30,000 for Chargers games — an impossibly small number for a league that hasn’t had a single team average fewer than 50,000 fans in the last five years.

“The experience for our fans at StubHub Center will be fun and entertaining, and every seat will feel close to the action,” Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos said in a release Thursday. “This is a unique opportunity to see NFL action in such an intimate setting. The new stadium at Hollywood Park will be a tremendous stage, and we can’t wait to play there, but right now it’s about introducing ourselves and getting to know new fans and partners in a special, one-of-a-kind setting.”

For the Los Angeles Rams, who moved to LA during the 2016 offseason, or the Oakland Raiders, who also applied for relocation to LA in 2016, the StubHub Center wouldn’t make sense at all. Both built large fan bases in the city during lengthy tenures in LA, but the Chargers played just one season in the city in 1960 before cultivating a home in San Diego.

The Chargers are starting fresh and could even consider changing the team name, logo, and colors to essentially leave the franchise’s history in San Diego.

So starting the team’s tenure in LA in a stadium where attendance won’t be an issue is a good way to introduce the franchise. Yes, the quality of the team will be paramount, but the gameday experience for fans should be fun.

The StubHub Center is on the campus of Cal State University, Dominguez Hills and is just off the 405 freeway. It’s easy to get to, has plenty of parking, and sizable concourses that won’t make it claustrophobic for a large crowd packing into a small stadium. While getting a hot dog or a beer, or getting to a restroom may be difficult, no matter where a fan is sitting in the stadium, it will be a great seat and an experience that no other NFL team can offer.

Make no mistake, the Chargers have an uphill battle. Los Angeles sports fans are notoriously fickle and will not stick around long for a team that struggles to get in the win column. Especially one that doesn’t have much of a fan base in LA to begin with.

But for two seasons Chargers tickets will likely be difficult to get and games will be fun to go to, even if the team struggles.