UPDATED: The San Diego Chargers will play the 2016 season in San Diego, it was announced Friday after the team reportedly reached an agreement in principle with the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the day to share a stadium in Inglewood in 2017.
“This has been our home for 55 years and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve,” Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said in a written statement.
Statement from Dean Spanos.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 29, 2016
The Chargers are also in the midst of drafting plans for an interim practice facility in Santa Ana, should they relocate.
NFL team owners voted earlier this month to allow the Rams to move to Los Angeles from St. Louis and gave the Chargers the option to join them, bringing professional football back to the city for the first time in more than 20 years. The Rams left L.A. for St. Louis 21 years ago.
The Chargers have a one-year window that ends on Jan. 15, 2017, to make the move.
The Inglewood stadium is set to open in 2019 on the site of the Hollywood Park racetrack.
The Rams, Chargers and Oakland Raiders all applied for relocation to Los Angeles.