SAN DIEGO – Sunday could be the last San Diego Chargers home game ever, and the realization is setting in with hometown fans.
Mike Costa is one of two hosts on the “Loose Cannons” show on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports Radio spoke with FOX 5 Wednesday. He said Charger fans are starting to say farewell.
“This week they’re reminiscing,” said Costa. “We had a four hour show Tuesday, and fans spent the entire time walking down memory lane.”
Costa said Sunday’s game at Qualcomm Stadium will be emotional.
“There’s going to be a lot of sad long faces when that clock reads triple zero Sunday,” said Costa. “You’re ripping the heart and soul out of people by moving this team.”
For the last game, there are still plenty of seats still available – around 1500 tickets left. Prices range from $52 to $315 for club level seats. Costa said there’s even more tickets for sale online.
“The prices are very low,” said Costa. “There are people who are just saying I’m not going, I just want to unload them.”
There is also plenty of Chargers gear being unloaded, a search on Craigslist showed dozens of items listed. Costa said fans have all, but given up.
“A 3-10 record does not help the situation whatsoever,” said Costa. “Fans are just tapped out, they’re beat up.”
The sentiment also echoed on social media, fans expressing sadness and disappointment on Twitter. One fan even said they would wear all black on Sunday.
Some fans are angry by the possible move. One fan said, “Sunday is the last game for the Chargers, tear the place apart.”
“We’re always prepared for those types of behavior,” said San Diego Lt. Paul Connelly.
Connelly said they have had no credible fan threats, but in any event, they will be prepared Sunday.
“Fans will see an increased number of uniformed officers. We’ll also have things in place fans won’t see such as the undercover officers and surveillance systems,” said Lt. Connelly.
Connelly said police have been increasing security since the terrorist attacks in Paris. He said whether Sunday’s game is the last game or not, anyone causing trouble would be handled.
“They can expected to be spotted quickly, addressed, arrested and prosecuted,” said Connelly.