Los Angeles Chargers will play to a full – if tiny – house when they begin life at the StubHub Center after announcing their 2017 home games have sold out.
The Los Angeles Chargers will be the only team in the National Football League (NFL) to play at a venue with a capacity of less than 65,000 when they play their home fixtures at the 27,000-capacity home of the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
The former San Diego Chargers vacated the 70,000-capacity Qualcomm Stadium at the end of 2016 and will share the new 80,000-seat Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood with city rivals the Rams from 2019.
While ranking 31st out of 32 NFL teams in 2016 with an average attendance of just 57,000 as they departed San Diego, the Chargers have still been able to offer in-demand StubHub Center tickets at premium prices. The most expensive tickets, closest to the Los Angeles Chargers bench, cost $3,750 (£3,000/€3,500) for two exhibitions and eight home games. Three other seating sections cost more than $2,000, while just one section was priced at less than $1,000.
According to data compiled by TeamMarketing.com, the Chargers’ average single-game ticket of $192 would have topped the NFL rankings last season.
The Rams’ season-ticket packages ranged from $360 to $2,025 during 2016.
In a statement, the Los Angeles Chargers said: “Consistent with the practice of other NFL teams that have achieved sell-outs, the Chargers have placed a hold on several thousand additional tickets for players and their families, visiting team use, community relations, and promotional purposes.
“Because of the high demand for Chargers tickets at StubHub Center, the franchise will look to free up additional seats from the team’s hold and from additional improvements at StubHub Center. This may help satisfy a portion of the remaining high demand.”