*A roundup of news and notes about the Los Angeles Chargers. *
StubHub Center's Unique Experience
Much has been said about the one-of-a-kind experience StubHub Center provides, but NFL.com's Marc Sessler detailed his first-hand account from the Chargers’ home opener.
Sessler takes readers hour by hour and seat by seat with help from fans in attendance, explaining how there really is no venue like it in the NFL.
Here's a taste:
During halftime I meet RJ Ferreira, a listener of the Around the NFL Podcast who somehow spots me scribbling nonsense in a spiral-bound notebook in the shadows of Section 135.
"It's a crazy environment here. I've been to a lot of football games, but this whole soccer stadium feel is ridiculous," Ferreira tells me. "My god, anyone who follows the Chargers closely in this tight-knit community, which the Chargers have, we're right here with them. I feel like I'm rooting them on from like 15 feet away."
To Ferreira's point, I spoke with the team's radio play-by-play man, Matt "Money" Smith, who told me he doesn't even need to use binoculars during games at StubHub.
As I continue to walk, I experience something I've never seen at an NFL game: I'm passing by waves of familiar faces, people I saw at the tailgate, fans I walked by an hour ago and the same cops, over and over. Even the bomb squad dudes. In that sense, this smaller gridiron home does indeed have the feel of a community.
YouTube star Blake Wynn of the channel "Just Wynn" had the day of his life at the team's home opener. Check out his video documenting his day:
The Orange County Register's Jack Wang explains how the Chargers hope to slow down the Chiefs and QB Alex Smith.
Eric Williams of ESPN spoke with Melvin Gordon, who is preaching patience with the run game.