Chargers have sold out of season tickets for games at StubHub Center in 2017
Rival owners, executives and longtime reporters at the NFL’s annual meeting have routinely expressed curiosity about the Chargers’ tiny new home.
And, apparently, they’re not alone.
On Monday, the Chargers announced they had sold all available season tickets for the upcoming season at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center.
The team won’t make detailed ticket sales figures available until closer to the season, a Chargers official said.
The franchise also has placed a hold on several thousand additional tickets for player, opposing team, community relations and promotional use, the team said.
Almost every other NFL team plays its home games in front of crowds of 65,000 or more.
“I’ve had maybe four or five different owners ask me about it, and they seem very interested in seeing what’s going to happen this year,” said Chargers chairman Dean Spanos. “There really isn’t going to be a bad seat in the place.”
Because of the scarcity of seats, the team charged premium prices.
The most expensive tickets, closest to the Chargers bench, cost $3,750 for two exhibitions and eight home games.
Three other seating sections cost more than $2,000. Only one section, the north end zone, was priced at less than $1,000.
Fans who didn’t get tickets but keep their $100 deposit with the team remain in line for seats in 2018 and also in 2019, when the team moves into a new Inglewood stadium they will share with the Rams.
They’ll also be in line for tickets this season if more become available.
Fans accustomed to holding their breath on field-goal and extra-point attempts might have another opportunity to watch with interest as kickers try to boot the ball between the uprights.
Among the 15 rule-change proposals up for discussion is one proposed by the Washington Redskins that would move the line of scrimmage to the 20-yard-line — rather than the 25 — if a kickoff travels through the uprights.
The proposal could meet resistance because it would require officials to monitor an extra element on a play already fraught with potential infractions.
It also would seem to favor teams that play home games in weather- and wind-proof domed stadiums.
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein had 59 kickoffs last season, 36 of them touchbacks.
Josh Lambo of the Chargers had 91 kickoffs, 67 that resulted in touchbacks.
The Chargers announced their off-season workout calendar, which opens with strength and conditioning work April 3. Rookie minicamp will be May 12-14, organized team practice activities, or “OTAs,” begin May 16 and, in their final workouts in San Diego, team minicamp will begin June 13. … The Rams begin their off-season workout program April 10. … The Chargers named Josh Rupprecht vice-president of public relations. Rupprecht, 37, was the senior associate athletic director for communications at UCLA. Prior to working at UCLA, Rupprecht worked in the public relations department for the Lakers.
10:00 p.m.: This articles was updated with additional details.
This article was originally published at 10:15 a.m.
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