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Former Chargers QB on the Team Playing in a Soccer Stadium “It is Embarrassing”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts was a witness to the first two Chargers games at the Carson soccer stadium known as StubHub Center and wasn’t impressed, Jay Posner of UT San Diego reports.

“It is embarrassing, I think, for both the Chargers and the National Football League, to be playing in a 27,000-seat stadium,” Fouts, a team-employed broadcaster during the preseason, said Monday in an interview with KNX-AM in Los Angeles. “In fact, the Chargers’ first game ever, when they beat the New York Titans in a preseason game, in the Coliseum, it drew 27,000.”

Fouts’ memory is accurate. The Chargers-Titans game on Aug. 6, 1960, attracted 27,778 to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Fifty-seven years later, the Chargers’ exhibition games against Seattle and New Orleans at StubHub had crowds of 21,054 and 21,197, respectively.

Fouts agreed with his KNX interviewer that the Chargers leaving San Diego for Los Angeles was a mistake but added, “Both the city and the ownership are to blame for where the Chargers are right now. They couldn’t get together on a deal for a new stadium for over 15 years, so both sides have to share in the responsibility.”

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