If you are reading this, then you are probably one of folks on this Earth that finds the LA Chargers a unique, albeit often confusing, tangle of decisions to observe from afar. While there has no doubt been a lot of debate (internally and externally) about the logic of some of their recent decisions, we know that the Chargers are trying to cement their place in the City of Angels.
One of the more pressing needs is finding a permanent HQ. ESPN spoke with team owner Dean Spanos about the ongoing search for a permanent office.
“We’re full-go on trying to find our permanent facility,” Spanos said, via ESPN.com. “And we’re looking everywhere, all over L.A. and Orange County. We haven’t excluded anything. This is going to be our identity. And maybe it’s the third part in terms of importance to us being the Los Angeles Chargers — the product, the new stadium and our new facility.”
Spanos continued to say:
“ASAP,” Spanos said. “We want to do it right. There’s no rush because this is going to be our permanent home, and we want to make sure it’s the right location, the right everything.
Beyond wanting something as soon as possible, but ensuring there’s no rush, the Chargers are currently busy building a roster that looks to do more than just compete in 2019. There is every indication that this will be their last year at (formerly) StubHub, and they are already getting excited about their stadium-to-be at Hollywood Park.
Members of the team and media have been donning VR headsets to explore the stadium, or at least what they expect it to look like in 2020. Before the Super Bowl, Casey Hayward took a tour of the stadium and came away impressed:
“It’s kind of crazy to be able to just see how it’s going to look. I know they’re (about) 60-percent finished, so to be able to visualize and go out there and kick a few field goals and things like that (was cool). I was able to get out there on the 50-yard line. It’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be sweet.”
However, this week has been an important milestone in the construction of the colossus that promises to be the Chargers’ eventual home. Youtuber John Kay gave us one of the best views yet of the construction, as the final roof trusses are being put into place:
and this goes nicely with another insider view of the siding panels getting ready for placement:
All-in-all, it looks like the construction has met or exceeded expectations in this last year after floundering in 2017. Excepting a major setback, there is every reason to expect the stadium to be ready for Chargers fans in 2020.
-Jason “That’s one very large, somewhat delayed erection” Michaels