Whereas a number of Chargers raved concerning the environment in StubHub Middle for Sunday night time’s exhibition opener towards Seattle, any enthusiasm for the group was not mirrored within the attendance for the group’s Los Angeles debut.
The introduced crowd of 21,054 was about 6,000 shy of StubHub’s 27,000-seat capability and greater than four,500 lower than the gang of 25,667 that the Galaxy soccer group introduced for Saturday night time’s recreation towards New York Metropolis FC.
“It was numerous enjoyable — there was plenty of power right here immediately,” guard Matt Slauson stated after a forty eight-17 loss to the Seahawks. “The gamers have been excited, and we might really feel it from the followers.”
That the Carson stadium was simply seventy eight % full was not out of line with NFL exhibition video games, lots of which have a good proportion of no-exhibits. The Rams introduced a crowd of sixty two,888 for Saturday night time’s recreation towards the Dallas Cowboys, however there have been giant swaths of empty seats within the Coliseum.
However the variety of no-exhibits Sunday night time appeared stark contemplating StubHub is lower than half the dimensions of each different NFL stadium and the Chargers, with a excessive-powered offense, have been enjoying their first recreation in a brand new metropolis after shifting from San Diego in January.
A Chargers spokesman stated the attendance mirrored the precise variety of followers within the stadium — not the variety of tickets bought — however declined to additional remark concerning the crowd measurement Monday.
NFL season-ticket packages embrace eight residence video games and two preseason video games, with followers pressured to pay full worth for much less engaging exhibition video games, during which starters not often play greater than 1 / 4. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and a lot of the offensive starters performed just one collection Sunday night time.
All however a number of dozen tickets for the Chargers-Seahawks recreation have been bought. Many followers skip exhibition video games, and that seemed to be the first purpose there have been so many empty seats Sunday night time.
When the Chargers introduced in late March that each one season tickets have been bought out, additionally they introduced that a number of thousand tickets per recreation can be held again for gamers and their households, the visiting workforce, and for group relations and promotional functions. Numerous these seats have been unused Sunday.
The Chargers are additionally within the strategy of promoting the rest of their premium seats, together with virtually four hundred subject-degree seats in three corners of the stadium.
“I actually wasn’t anticipating a full home,” veteran tight finish Antonio Gates stated. “I assumed Seattle would deliver their followers, and we’d have some Los Angeles followers right here to help us. Nonetheless, I assumed the environment was nice.”
Woike writes for the Los Angeles Occasions.