The San Diego Chargers confirmed on Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles.
Chargers owner, Dean Spanos, released a statement announcing his intentions to move the team, which has been in San Diego for over five decades. The Chargers franchise began in Los Angeles in 1960 and is now looking to reestablish its presence in the city of angels.
“Our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans. We must get back to winning,” read the statement from Spanos.
San Diego fans have had mixed reactions to their team leaving. The Chargers ended up on the losing side of a vote over whether or not to fund a new stadium being built for the Chargers.
“My reaction to it is, ‘I’ll see ya.’ I don’t like the fact that nowadays people have to buy a stadium for people that are making a lot of money. So if we don’t have to buy them a stadium, and they don’t want to build their own, I’m glad to see them go,” said one fan.
“It’s very sad, however, I think the San Diego Chargers fans have had a lot of chances to support their team and as a result they didn’t support them in a way that they should have and that’s why they’re moving . . . it is what it is and we’ll continue to support them,” said another fan.