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If we start winning games, people will start coming and it’ll be loud.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers stood behind the podium in the guts of Sports Authority Field in Denver, a mile above sea level, unshowered, barefoot, eye black still painted on his face.
He’d just played a football game, one his team lost in the final seconds, but he couldn’t help but grin.
The atmosphere, the fans screaming on third down, the roar before kickoff ... it created an environment tailor-made for a competitor like Rivers. The noise rattled the glass windows around the stadium. It shook the floor.
“This is as loud as I can ever remember this place,” he said with a quick smile.
Noise from that many people, at least for the next three weeks, will have to stay a memory as the Chargers embark on a unique experiment in Los Angeles, playing in front of crowds of fewer than 30,000 at StubHub Center in Carson.
Energy should be at its peak Sunday when the Chargers re-enter Los Angeles’ crowded market, hosting the Miami Dolphins. For fans who have never been inside StubHub Center for an NFL game, they’ll surely be stunned at the intimacy and superior sightlines.
It’ll be unlike anywhere else.
But Chargers players know it won’t be like Denver. They know it can’t be that kind of a home-field advantage — at least not in the short term.