EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — If anyone had any doubts about the Chargers’ future in Los Angeles, owner Dean Spanos hopes Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new team headquarters will answer them.
The Chargers have already started work on the 14-acre site, which is expected to be completed in July 2024.
“It took five years. We finally have our home for the future. This is our home now,” Spanos said.
The Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2017. They played at a football stadium in Carson for three seasons before becoming roommates with the Rams at SoFi Stadium in 2020.
While looking for a location for a permanent facility, the Chargers had had a temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa — which is in Orange County — since 2017.
Most of the sites the Chargers considered for their new home were in Los Angeles County.
Headquarters will be less than 3 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 7 miles from SoFi Stadium. Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. in Beverly Hills announced in March that it had arranged $276 million in construction and permanent financing for the facility.
The complex was designed by Gensler Sports and includes three full-size pitches, as well as a main building which includes team meeting rooms, training space, a rooftop hospitality club and a games studio. ports. It will also host the Chargers’ training camp.
Quarterback Justin Herbert, who had an NFL-caliber facility at the University of Oregon, said the siege could help attract free agents and retain current players.
“It should be among the best of the best. The Spanos family have invested heavily, and it’s up to us as players to go out and deliver,” he said.
The NBA Lakers and NHL Kings also have their practice facilities in El Segundo. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Kings president Luc Robitaille attended the festivities.
While Rams owner Stan Kroenke has spent billions building the lavish SoFi stadium and surrounding campus, his coaches and players still spend their weekdays working out of temporary trailers at the Spartan training complex that the team built on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks after returning from St. Louis in 2016.
But the Rams could finally move in a few seasons: Earlier this month, a member of the Los Angeles City Council confirmed that Kroenke had bought the defunct Promenade Woodland Hills mall for $150 million. The team are expected to build a training complex at the site, although they have not announced any plans or even confirmed that Kroenke will purchase the property.
Spanos tried to play down the reality that his team made progress on a new facility ahead of the defending Super Bowl champions.
“Look, we have to do what we have to do, just like them. This is not a race for us for first or second place. I don’t see it that way,” he said.