The announced crowd of 21,054 was about 6,000 shy of the stadium's 27,000-seat capacity and more than 4,500 less than the Galaxy drew Saturday night for a Major League Soccer game against New York City FC.
“It was a lot of fun — there was a lot of energy here today,” guard
That the Carson facility was only 78% full was not out of line with
But the number of no-shows Sunday night seemed stark considering that StubHub is less than half the size of every other
The smallest crowd the Chargers drew in Qualcomm Stadium last season was 52,165 for their home opener against the
A Chargers spokesman said Monday that the attendance reflected the actual number of fans in the stadium — not the number of tickets sold — but declined to comment further about the crowd size. All but a few dozen tickets for the Chargers-Seahawks game were sold.
NFL season-ticket packages include eight home games and two preseason games, with fans forced to pay full price for less attractive exhibition games, in which starters rarely play more than a quarter. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and most of the other offensive starters played only one series Sunday night.
The Chargers are in the process of selling the remainder of their premium seats, including almost 400 field-level seats in three corners of the stadium.
“I really wasn’t expecting a full house,” veteran tight end