Timeline: Chargers' journey back to Los Angeles

Timeline: Chargers' journey back to Los Angeles
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers waves as he leaves Qualcomm Stadium after the team's last game in San Diego on Jan. 1. (Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

A brief, recent history of the Chargers and Los Angeles:

December 2014: The Chargers say they'll play the 2015 season in San Diego.


February 2015: The Chargers and Raiders announce plans to build a privately financed stadium in Carson on the site of an old landfill.

March 2015: AEG abandons plans for Farmers Field in downtown L.A., once a potential destination for the Chargers.

April 2015: Carson's City Council unanimously approves ballot initiative that allows the stadium to bypass lengthy environmental review.

The Chargers and Raiders unveil an overhauled stadium design that includes a 120-foot tower with a flame honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis.

May 2015: Former Browns and 49ers executive Carmen Policy is hired to lead the stadium effort.

August 2015: Street in front of the 168-acre Carson site is renamed Stadium Way.

In a promotional video, actor Kiefer Sutherland says the stadium complex will "power every important league initiative for the next 50 years."

The flame is quietly dropped from the design in the latest public renderings.

November 2015: Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger agrees to head the stadium project.

December 2015: San Diego submits its final stadium offer to the NFL. It includes $350 million in public money.

January 2016: The Chargers formally apply for relocation to L.A., along with the Rams and Raiders.

By a 30-2 vote, NFL owners approve the Rams to relocate to L.A. and give the Chargers a one-year option to join them.

The Chargers apply to trademark "Los Angeles Chargers" and "LA Chargers."

The Chargers and Rams agree in principle on a lease to share the Inglewood stadium.


To prepare for a move, the Chargers announce plans for a temporary facility in Santa Ana.

On Jan. 29, the Chargers say they'll play the 2016 season in San Diego and pursue a long-term stadium solution there.

February 2016: Chargers announce plans to pursue a November vote on a stadium in downtown San Diego.

November 2016: San Diego voters reject a ballot initiative to finance a combined stadium and convention center downtown.

December 2016: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says "there's no reason for optimism" that the Chargers or Raiders will remain in their home cities.

NFL owners ratify the lease between the Chargers and Rams.

The Chargers agree to lease property for a temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa in case they move.

January 2017: The NFL extends the Chargers' L.A. option by two days.

The Chargers announce their move to L.A.

The Chargers announce they'll play their home games the next two seasons at StubHub Center in Carson.

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