Chargers, Raiders propose shared NFL stadium in L.A. County

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CARSON, Calif. - A major announcement regarding a joint stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders will be made at 10 a.m. in Carson on Friday, officials from the city of Carson said.

Carson2gether, a group of business and labor leaders, is seeking voter approval for construction of a 72,000-seat professional football stadium in a 168-acre site in Carson, an area south of Los Angeles near Long Beach.

The stadium would potentially house both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders if approved.

Both teams will continue seeking public funds to keep their respective teams in their current cities. Friday's press conference, however, will spell out a detailed proposal to bring both teams to Carson if San Diego and Oakland are unable to get deals done this year.

In a statement given to The Times on Thursday, the Chargers and Raiders said: “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

This latest move comes not long after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced in December a plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium on land that used to be Hollywood Park.

That announcement put pressure on the Chargers, who say a quarter of their  fans are in Los Angeles and Orange counties. This prompted the Raiders, who have financial woes of their own, to join forces with the Chargers since they're unable to afford a stadium on their own.

The Jets and the Giants both play in East Rutherford, N.J. and are currently the only NFL teams playing in the same stadium.

Los Angeles has been without an NFL team for two decades, and now the city finds itself swarmed with four proposals for stadiums from three different teams.

Both the Chargers and Raiders are on year-to-year leases in older stadiums. Prospects for new venues in San Diego and Oakland are not looking good and, there public funds are not readily available to build a stadium. The Carson proposal calls for the teams to be equal, as opposed to one's acting as landlord to the other.

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13 comments

  • Poker Face Chargers

    I say we move forward and build a multi-use facility and let the Chargers leave if they want. We then make it known that any NFL team looking for a home is welcome in San Diego. I think many of us are done bending over backward for this organization.

  • Nicole M

    The Chargers are San Diego!!! I have always been a bolt fan and cannot lose my team to LA. There are places in the county that the stadium could be built…I know that Chula Vista and Oceanside are not convenient areas to get to but the traffic would be worth it to get to the game. Why not have the Chargers in LA temporary and knock down Qualcomm and build an updated stadium?

  • Lori C.

    No. Absolutely not. They have stadia already. Greedy, prima donnas. Raiders have no loyalty to Oakland, bouncing wherever to the highest bidder. Chargers keep holding the faithful in San Diego hostage (fans who, despite their record, are fans all year around). Have you asked the people of Carson how they feel about traffic, litter and crime? Wait until you get two rival teams in one stadium. Yeah. That will go over well. Expand the police force. The whole idea is stupid and selfish. They don’t give a rip about their fans. Nada.

  • Lori C.

    No. Absolutely not. They have stadia already. Greedy, prima donnas. Raiders have no loyalty to Oakland, bouncing wherever to the highest bidder. Chargers keep holding the faithful in San Diego hostage (fans who, despite their record, are fans all year around). Have you asked the people of Carson how they feel about traffic, litter and crime? Wait until you get two rival teams in one stadium. Yeah. That will go over well. Expand the police force. The whole idea is stupid and selfish. They don’t give a rip about their fans. Nada. Ian Craig, what were you thinking?

  • Matt

    If the Chargers want to play games like this, let them leave. It’s not like they are even a good team. San Diego has way more priorities that we should be spending that money on.

  • Tony

    I don’t want the Bolts leaving San Diego. Why can’t they just spend the money on players on free agency instead of building a new stadium, just like the Padres who spent allot of money in the off season. I want a super bowl not a new stadium.

  • Nick C

    Our city council shud have had the same enthusiasm as Carson maybe this will wake them up & motivate them. Can you imagine a raider v Charger game in Carson it will b a gang war, if you the fights at Charger home games were bad the games there will more than likely be bloody if not lethal. They better have good insurance !!!

  • Normal Guy

    Chargers started in LA so don’t tell me the Chargers are San Diego. They could be put in different divisions and never play each other at their home stadium. I love going to those games but seems to risky to continue it at a shared stadium.

    San Diego can put more time and money into other stuff. Problem solved.

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