The Chargers began their history as a professional football team in Los Angeles playing in the AFL. After three years in Los Angeles, the Chargers moved to San Diego and in 1970 joined the NFL. Unlike most franchises, the Chargers were immediately a force to be reckoned with on the playing field, posting a losing record just once, making the playoffs five times and winning the division four times in the team’s first decade. San Diego experienced its next burst of success when Dan Coryell was named the head coach. In his first full season in 1979, Coryell implemented a pass-happy offense that led the Chargers to three straight AFC West division titles. San Diego had a similar short stint of success when Bobby Ross was hired in 1992, but didn’t sustained success until the mid and late 2000s. The Chargers made the playoffs five times and won three division titles from 2004 to 2009. San Diego has retired just two numbers—Dan Fouts’ No. 14 and Lance Alworth’s No. 19. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for San Diego Chargers football tickets.
2013 Chargers Season Preview
The Chargers have undergone major changes over the offseason, most notably in the coaching staff. In an effort to improve the offense, San Diego hired Denver Bronco offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, giving him his first head coaching job. To provide experience on the bench next to him, the Chargers hired former Arizona Cardinal head coach Ken Whisenhunt to run the offense. To further aide the offense, San Diego fortified its offensive line by signing veteran tackle Max Starks and selected tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Defensively, the Chargers looked to improve by adding corner back Derek Cox and selecting Notre Dame linebacker Mante T’eo in the second round of the draft. With Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates still running the offense, the Chargers have their sights set on their first playoff appearance since 2009.
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San Diego Chargers Football at Qualcomm Stadium Address: 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, California, 92108
The Chargers play their home games in Qualcomm Stadium, located in San Diego, California. The second oldest stadium in the NFL behind just Lambeau Field, Qualcomm Stadium was expanded in 1997 to increase its capacity to 71,500 screaming Charger fans. Get to the stadium early on game day to experience the Power Party tailgate at Qualcomm Stadium. The Power Party gives fans a chance to meet the Charger Girls and keep up to date with the rest of the NFL action going on around the league. The San Diego Chargers home bench is on the Qualcomm Stadium sideline with sections 31-45. Qualcomm Stadium parking information is covered in our Chargers event guide.
Chargers vs. Raiders
This rivalry dates back to 1960 and has over 105 matchups between the two teams. With both teams playing in the same state and in the same division, this rivalry has evolved over the years to become one of the more intense games of the season. This rivalry has many memorable games including “The Holy Roller” game from 1978.
Chargers vs. Chiefs
A rivalry that started in the mid 1960’s, these two teams have battled throughout the years evidenced by their tight all-time series record against one another. With both teams playing in the same division and facing two times a year, this rivalry will only continue to get better.
Chargers vs. Broncos
These two teams have met over 100 times that dates back to 1960 and has become one of the better rivalries in the NFL. This rivalry has been voted in the Top 10 of many publications because of the controversial games between the two teams and the success both franchises have had throughout the years.
Chargers in the Super Bowl, AFC Championship and NFL Playoffs
The Chargers have totaled 14+ division titles since their franchise started in 1960. This franchise has also won an AFC Championship and has made the playoffs over 15 times. With 5+ Hall of Famers and the success on the field, the Chargers will only continue to add to what they have established in the last 50+ years.
San Diego Chargers Event Guide
What time to gates open prior to kick off for a San Diego Chargers game?
The gates open one and half hour prior to the start of Chargers games.
What are some good places to eat before a San Diego Chargers game?
There are many restaurants surrounding the stadium but inside there is Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant which is located on the Plaza level close to gate F. Another option is the Endzone Club which is located close to section 21 on the loge level.
Are there any family-friendly sections in Qualcomm Stadium?
Sections 58, Rows 5 to 26 are dedicated to a family-friendly experience. Alcohol and vulgar language are not permitted in this section. There are also family restrooms in loge 49 and loge 54, you can get to them from the 5 or 6 elevator.
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Gig'em Bolts I loved the tix! Thank you TC!!!! September 10, 2010
Chargers Rock! Going to a game at Qualcomm Stadium is definitely one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. I've been many times, but the game when I bought tickets from TicketCity was a truly memorable experience. Everything went very smoothly, which of course makes the experience of going to a game that much better. It also helps when the home team (the Chargers) beat their arch-rival--The Raiders--by 27 points on my birthday. It's pretty tough to beat that. August 10, 2010
Great way to start the season seats were awesome thanks Ticket city August 11, 2012