The San Diego Chargers have reportedly decided to move to Los Angeles. While that move comes with the promise of playing in a glitzy, state of the art stadium, that won’t be the case initially. The Chargers will instead play in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center for two seasons, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The StubHub center is a soccer-specific facility and home to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. It’s still a reasonably new facility, as it opened in 2003, and is a fine MLS setting. But, it’s not your typical environment for a NFL game. The stadium seats 27,000 for soccer games, which will make it almost half the size of the next smallest NFL stadium.
The Oakland Coliseum has a seating capacity of roughly 56,000 for Oakland Raiders games. All of the other NFL stadiums can hold at least 60,000 fans. For a comparison, the StubHub center would hold at least 6,000 fewer fans than the smallest Pac-12 stadium.
When the Rams moved to Los Angeles last year, they spent the season playing in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Capacity is no issue there, with the stadium big enough to accommodate more than 90,000 fans.
According to Florio, the Chargers will play in the StubHub Center in 2017 and 2018 before moving into a new stadium they will share with the Rams for the 2019 season.