EL SEGUNDO (Calif.) — If there were any doubts regarding the future of the Chargers in Los Angeles, owner Dean Spanos hopes Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking will clear them.
The ChargersThe 14-acre site is currently under construction and will be completed by July 2024.
“It took five years to make it. Our home is now our home for the next five years. Spanos stated that this is our home right now.
The Chargers left San Diego in 2017 to move to Los Angeles. They were co-tenants of the Rams at SoFi Stadium in 2020 after playing three seasons in a Carson soccer arena.
Since 2017, the Chargers had a temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa, which is in Orange County, while they searched for a permanent site.
Los Angeles County was home to most of the locations the Chargers considered as their new home.
The headquarters will be located less than three miles from Los Angeles International Airport, and seven miles from SoFi Stadium. Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. of Beverly Hills announced that $276 million has been secured for construction and permanent financing.
Gensler Sports designed the complex. It includes three full-size fields and a main building with meeting rooms, training spaces, and a rooftop hospitality club. It will also house the Chargers training camp.
Quarterback Justin HerbertThe University of Oregon had an NFL-quality facility. He said that the headquarters could be used to attract new players and keep current players.
“It should be right there with the top of the best. He said that the Spanos family has made a significant investment and it was up to players to deliver.
El Segundo is also home to the practice facilities for both the NBA's Lakers as well as NHL's Kings. Jeanie Buss, the owner of Lakers, and Luc Robitaille (the president of Kings) attended the festivities.
Stan Kroenke, Rams owner, has spent billions on SoFi Stadium and its surrounding campus. However, his players and coaches still live in temporary trailers at the Spartan Training Complex that the team constructed in Thousand Oaks. It was built after the team returned from St. Louis in 2016.
The Rams may finally be moving in a few seasons. A Los Angeles council member confirmed earlier this month that Kroenke purchased the Woodland Hills Promenade mall, which was closed down, for $150 million. Although the team has not yet confirmed Kroenke's purchase, it is expected to construct a training facility on the site.
Spanos attempted to minimize the fact that his team had made progress in building a new facility prior to the defending Super Bowl champions.
“Listen, we must do what we need to do, just as they do. It is not a race for first or second. He stated, “I don’t view it that way.”