Chargers owner Dean Spanos, left, is greeted as he arrives for the yearly NFL owners meetings.
PHOENIX — Despite a bumpy transition which included a 0-4 start after moving his team a couple of decades back, la Chargers owner Dean Spanos has settled right into fresh surroundings in L.A.
“There is nothing we did not expect to take place that’s happened,” Spanos told ESPN within a dialog at the NFL owners meeting this week. “We knew it would have its own challenges, but we feel very great. People have been great up in L.A. and Orange County, and we have support down in sandiego. I see people all of the time arising.
“It’s nothing we did not expect, and we feel pretty good about it.”
The Chargers finished 12-4 final season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Currently, Spanos said it’s crucial that you continue building on that success in the field, and a key for the Chargers in carving out a niche in Los Angeles will be the conclusion of the new Inglewood Stadium, set to open September 2020.
“Apart from winning, it might be the 2nd most crucial part,” Spanos said, hammering the table for emphasis. “When you go see it, this kind of blows you off. It’s incredible, and I think people are going to be eager to see that specific experience.
And individuals are going to need to be present. It’s type of destination place. It’s going to be exciting. It isn’t just a ‘typical’ scene where you simply walk , see the match and walk outside. There’s a life style there I think people are really going to enjoy.”
The Chargers also are in the midst of a visit a brand new house in la.
Currently, the Bolts house their staff headquarters at Orange County at the Hoag Performance Center. The Chargers have been from the third year of a 10-year deal, with the solution to part ways in five decades.
Fred Mass, recently hired team’s chief of staff this past year, is leading the attempt of finding a brand new facility. Maas also served as the point person for the Chargers push to get a stadium throughout the team’s final season in sandiego.
Maas said the company has looked at many different options, from performing a more compact version of the Dallas Cowboys‘ team headquarters, also known as the Star (a 91-acre,” public-private partnership), to building a standalone centre.
Maas, 61, said for more than a year he has been working on getting a lasting facility in L.A., analyzing over 25 opportunities in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Together with the push to get a brand new facility, Maas is tasked by setting the team’s fan base in la. Maas said that the Chargers’ recent success in the field has helped in those efforts, for example an uptick in ticket deals.
“Locating the proper place is going to require some time,” Maas said. “As I said to Dean, the further we win the more joyful partner we are. It’s a lot like getting fit and moving to an eating plan, suddenly there has been a ton more opportunities which come than previously. I think patience is our friend here.”
Mass reported a Chargers’ contingent toured The Star and also spent half a day there when Chargers played with Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day this past year. Along with that, Mass stated the Chargers have also staged that the Clippers’ and Lakers’ facilities in L.A.
“We’re full-go on trying to locate our permanent centre,” Spanos said. “And we’re looking everywhere, around L.A. and Orange County. We’ve not excluded such a thing. This is going to be our identity. And perhaps it’s the 3rd part in terms of importance to people being the la Chargers — that the merchandise, the new stadium and also our new facility.”
Spanos said he want to find a brand new, permanent home for the Chargers sooner instead of after.
“ASAP,” Spanos said. “we would like to complete it right. There isn’t any rush because that is certainly likely to be our permanent house, and we ought to make sure it is the ideal location, the ideal everything.
“So we’re taking our own time, but there’s a feeling of urgency and maybe it’s my own impatience, but I would like to get there. I would like a brand new home for people and a permanent home. I think that it’s important.”