The Los Angeles Chargers finished last season on a high note after starting 0-4. The Chargers will look to build upon their winning record (9-7) in 2017. If all goes according to plan, they should be a playoff team this year. The Chargers will play at least one more season in the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA as they wait for their permanent stadium, Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, to be completed. Quarterback Philip Rivers returns for his 15th season in the NFL and he will be surrounded by plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. The Chargers return 6 pro-bowlers, including wide receiver Keenan Allen, Rivers’ favorite offensive weapon. Last season, Allen had three straight games with 10+ receptions; he is a sure-handed possession receiver and one of the most underrated receivers in the game. Third year running back Melvin Gordon has improved every year in the league and he gives the Chargers a respectable running game. The Chargers added Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey and former first round pick, guard Forrest Lamp, should return from injury. The Chargers are counting on a healthy season from another former first round pick, wide receiver Mike Williams. If Williams plays to his potential, he’ll give Rivers an elite deep threat. All-in-all, the Chargers have many exciting pieces to work with on offense.
Defensively, the Chargers return an underrated unit. The Chargers have impact players at every important position, specifically pass rush. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are Pro-Bowlers and have the potential to dominate offenses this season. In the secondary, Casey Hayward returns as an All-Pro cornerback. The Chargers pass rush is strong, but they will need to improve their run defense to have a truly elite unit.
The Chargers have all the pieces to make a deep playoff run this season. If Rivers continues to play well and the run defense can improve, expect the Chargers to contend for the AFC west and shock some people in 2018.
There are 43 suites at the StubHub Center which has a capacity of only 30,000. The Stubhub Center, primarily used for MLS soccer, is the smallest venue in the NFL. Suite access at the Stubhub Center is extremely limited. All suites have an intimate view of the playing field. The Stubhub Center will continue to be the temporary home of the LA Chargers as they await completion of their permanent stadium in Englewood, CA in 2020.
Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park: Scheduled to open in 2020, this state-of-the-art stadium will be home to both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles Stadium is located in Inglewood, CA, and will occupy land that was formerly the Hollywood Racetrack. Following the trend of many new venues, Los Angeles Stadium will be part of a larger business and entertainment disctrict. The surrounding area will feature business parks, condominiums, restaurants, and shopping. The Los Angeles Stadium will have a capacity of 70,000 fans for football games with the ability to expand to 100,000 for other major events. The stadium will have 60-70 luxury suites once complete and the playing surface will be artificial turf.