COSTA MESA, Calif. — They’ve had two practice runs during preseason play to smooth out the rough edges, so the Los Angeles Chargers are prepared for the their regular-season opener Sunday at the StubHub Center, the 27,000-seat home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy.
“We got a taste of it,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “I think it has a chance to be a real awesome environment, but we’ve got to do our part on the field.”
The Chargers host the Miami Dolphins in the team’s return to Los Angeles, where they debuted as a franchise in 1960.
Yes, the Chargers have heard the cackling nationally as tickets remain available just a day before kickoff.
Even in a lame-duck situation last year with fans understanding the team was likely headed to Los Angeles, the Chargers still averaged 57,204 fans in eight games at Qualcomm Stadium. But many of those seats were filled by opposing fans, including a nearly full-house of Oakland Raiders fans in the second-to-last home game of the 2016 campaign.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the average attendance for an NFL game last season was 68,913.
The Chargers understand it will take some time to grow the fan base in Los Angeles, and winning will help sell the product on the field. The Dolphins are the first of three straight home games the Chargers will play at the StubHub Center.
“We’re all excited about it,” Rivers said. “We’re excited about really this one being the first of three in a row. It’s really a chance for us to establish ourselves here in LA as a team that people want to root for and pull for.
“Certainly, that is important. But being…
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