QB Philip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers franchise will be sticking around in San Diego next year, but what about the year after?
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Despite rumors that the San Diego Chargers were candidates to move to Los Angeles, California sometime in the near future, for now the franchise plans to play out its lease at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Chargers front office released a statement late Tuesday saying that they are committed to staying in San Diego next year.
“On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium. And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego,” according to the statement. “Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super-Bowl quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.”
The decision for the Chargers to remain in San Diego sharply reduces the possibility of Los Angeles getting an NFL team in the forseeable future. The 2nd largest city in the United States has not had an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left in the mid-90s.