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What You Need To Know If You’re Going To Chargers Preseason Opener

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Photo credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews hurdles obstacles during drills at a training camp open to the public, July 24, 2014.

The San Diego Chargers are urging fans to arrive at least two hours early for Thursday's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys and allow plenty of time to enter Qualcomm Stadium because long lines are likely due to enhanced screening procedures at the gates.

The Metropolitan Transit System will increase the number of pre- and post-game Green Line trains, which now provide direct service to Qualcomm Stadium from downtown and Santee. Increased service will begin at 3:10 p.m. between Old Town and Qualcomm Stadium for the 7 p.m. game.

Extra Green Line Service will operate in both directions after the game as needed.

Fans taking trains are strongly encouraged to travel early as the MTS expects trains will be crowded or at capacity after 5 p.m. Passengers attempting to board trains after 5 p.m. should expect delays as trains reach capacity at stations closest to Qualcomm Stadium.

Fans can avoid Trolley ticket lines and speed up the boarding process by purchasing and storing Trolley passes on their smartphones at any time before arriving at transit stations by using MTS' free mobile ticket app, mTicket. Multiple mTickets can be purchased on one smartphone, assisting families traveling together.

mTicket holders can bypass lines for Trolley service after the game through the mTicket express lane on the west side of the ramp.

Qualcomm Stadium's parking lot will open at 3 p.m. It is expected to reach capacity and close almost an hour before kickoff.

Several changes will be in effect on the field and sidelines.

The ball will be spotted at the 15-yard line for extra point attempts, instead of the two-yard line, during the first two weeks of preseason play to gather information regarding possible future changes to make those plays more competitive and exciting for fans. No changes will be made for the 2014 season, according to the NFL.

Five extra point kicks were missed during the 2013 season and 18 over the past three seasons.

All three kicks from the longer distance in Sunday's NFL/Hall of Fame Game were made.

The ball will continue to be spotted at the two-yard line for two-point conversion attempts during the experiment.

The uprights will extend to 35 feet above the crossbar, five more than the past, to help officials make definitive rulings on field goal attempts that previously crossed above the top of the uprights.

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