Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, bid farewell to the NFL San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
The Chargers announced that they will be moving to Los Angeles beginning next season. They will share a stadium with the Los Angeles Rams, which moved from St. Louis last season. Many sports pundits believe that Spanos should have moved the team to L.A. a year ago as well. The Chargers and owner, Dean Spanos, will become a tenant in an Inglewood stadium being built by the owner of the L.A. Rams, Stan Kroenke. The Chargers franchise is returning to Los Angeles, where the franchise began in 1960.
San Diego and the Chargers have had a bittersweet relationship. Spanos has threatened to leave the city for years because it would not pay for a new stadium to be built for the team. Chargers fans had mixed reactions to the departure of their football team that were characterized by their mayor, who bid a not so glowing adieu to the team which had been in the city for over five decades.
“At the end of the day, Dean Spanos was never willing to work with us on a stadium solution and demanded a lot more money than we could have ever agreed to,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in a tweet. “We live in a great city and we will move forward. San Diego didn’t lose the Chargers, the Chargers lost San Diego.”
The San Diego Chargers are not the only California team that is leaving the sunshine state. The Oakland Raiders are working out particulars for a move to Las Vegas.