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Chargers Set Season Ticket Prices For Their Small New Home

Empty seats at Qualcomm Stadium prior to the NFL preseason football game betw...

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Above: Empty seats at Qualcomm Stadium prior to the NFL preseason football game between the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers, Sept. 4, 2009.

The Los Angeles Chargers' most expensive season ticket at tiny StubHub Center will cost $150 more per game than the Los Angeles Rams are charging for the best seat in their much bigger house.

The Chargers announced season ticket prices Tuesday for the upcoming season at their new 30,000-seat home in suburban Carson, California. While the cheapest season tickets will be $70 per game, the seats at midfield behind the Chargers' bench will cost $375 apiece.

The Rams' most expensive season ticket last season was $225 per game at the Coliseum, which seats more than 93,000. The Rams aren't expected to change their prices for the upcoming season.

While the Rams' average season ticket price per game last season was $104, the Chargers' average will be $192.

Nearly all season tickets for the Chargers' 10-game campaign will cost at least $1,650. The Chargers are counting on the limited supply of seats at StubHub — along with what's expected to be a better team than the Rams — to move their product at higher prices.

The Chargers are touting their next two seasons in the NFL's smallest venue as an unprecedented chance to enjoy football from an intimate perspective, with seats uncommonly close to the field and ample parking.

A.G. Spanos, the team's president of business operations, said the Chargers "expect to sell out quickly."

The Chargers have been taking refundable $100 season ticket deposits for the past month. They haven't revealed how many they received, but said they were very pleased with the response.

The Rams said last year that they collected 45,000 season ticket deposits in the first two days of their drive. They had robust ticket sales during their homecoming season, although the crowds waned late in the season while the Rams lost their final six consecutive home games.

The two relocated franchises will play the next two seasons in their temporary homes before moving together into Rams owner Stan Kroenke's $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood in 2019.

The Chargers announced their return to Los Angeles last month after 56 seasons in San Diego, and they officially terminated their lease at Qualcomm Stadium and their training complex two weeks ago. They are expected to hold some of their offseason workouts at Chargers Park before moving to their new complex in Costa Mesa before training camp in late July.

Next season's NFL schedule will be released in April, but the Chargers will host Philadelphia, Washington, Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, Kansas City, Oakland and Denver.


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