Part of what made the move of the Rams and Chargers to Los Angeles was a stadium and entertainment facility being built near Hollywood Park. The stadium was due to be completed by summer 2019, but the stadium developer has announced today that it will not be completed until 2020.
Work has been continuing since ground was broken last November with over six million cubic yards of dirt removed and piles that will help support the roof structure are in place. But rain delays were far more prevalent than anticipated for Southern California and hit during crucial days. The delay allows for the stadium construction to continue at a more conventional pace.
The Rams will continue to play at the L.A. Coliseum while the Chargers will spend the next three seasons playing at the smaller, more intimate StubHub Center. The Coliseum seats roughly 93,000 attendees while the new StubHub Center seats 27,000. Chargers officials are saying all of the right things about giving fans a unique and up close experience. President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos said:
Our future home will be the best stadium in the NFL and deliver a transformational experience for Chargers fans. If getting it right means pushing back the completion date, then I think the extra year is well worth it.
Construction is our family business, so we understand the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude. At StubHub Center we are creating an unparalleled environment for watching NFL football, and considering that no other venue in the league brings you closer to the action, we think Chargers fans will enjoy our three years in Carson.
But, the average attendance last year for the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium was over 57,000 (of 70,561 possible) which helped lead to the team deciding to move north. If the team is lucky and sells out every game… and they don’t have the record or stars to do that yet… they would only make half of what they did last year. It is conceivable that the team could sell around the same number of tickets in their three years at StubHub combined as they would’ve in one season staying in San Diego.