It appears that the Minnesota Vikings, as well as every other team, have played their last NFL game in San Diego for the foreseeable future.
A stunner: Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday they are moving to LA, ending 55-year stint with SD, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2017
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the San Diego Chargers will be announcing their intention to move to Los Angeles as early as Thursday. They will join the Los Angeles Rams, who moved from St. Louis prior to last season.
I’ll admit that I haven’t been following the Chargers’ relocation situation as closely as I probably should have. Because of that, I’m not sure what the stadium situation would be. . .the Chargers could end up sharing a stadium with the Rams until such time that a new stadium in Los Angeles is completed.
One important thing that this does is removes the spectre of moving to Los Angeles from the arsenal of teams that are looking for new stadium deals. You’ll recall that during the contentious times before the Minnesota legislature approved the bill for what would eventually become U.S. Bank Stadium, there were rumors that the team could pull up stakes and move to the West Coast, and there was even a report that a plane owned by Zygi Wilf was spotted at LAX. Now that Los Angeles has their two teams, they would no longer be a potential relocation option. Rumors have circulated that the Oakland Raiders are interested in moving as well, but their first choice appears to be
Los Angeles Las Vegas rather than another trip south.
If the Vikings have played their last game in San Diego, their final trip there wasn’t a particularly good one for Vikings fans. It was the 2011 season opener, and the Vikings got out to a 17-7 halftime lead on the strength of a Percy Harvin kick return touchdown on the opening kickoff and a short touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Michael Jenkins. However, the Vikings managed to score zero points in the second half, while the Chargers ran off 17 unanswered to win by a final score of 24-17.
As someone that’s watched his team go through the relocation dance before, I feel terrible for the fans of San Diego if this turns out to be true. Having attended that game in 2011 myself, the fans there were a great group, and it stinks for anyone to lose their football team, or their team in any other sport. Minnesota sports fans are familiar with teams leaving town, after all. . .if the Vikings had left back in 2012, Minnesota would have lost a team in
all three of the four of the “major” American sports leagues. Thankfully, we no longer have to worry about that kind of thing.
EDIT: I don’t know why I said losing the Vikings would have had Minnesota losing a team in all of the major sports leagues, given that they’ve never lost a Major League Baseball team. My apologies for the error.