The San Diego Chargers have made preparations for a potential move to Los Angeles, leasing a portion of an Orange County office facility and working to secure nearby land for practice fields, the NFL said on its website on Friday.
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The Chargers franchise, which landed in San Diego in 1961 and joined the National Football League as a result of the American Football Conference-NFL merger in 1970, appears on the verge of a move due to their long difficulty securing a new stadium.
The Chargers applied for a move to Los Angeles last January before it was determined they would remain put for at least the 2016 season.
In November, San Diego voters rejected a ballot measure that would have raised hotel occupancy taxes to help pay for a proposed $1.8 billion downtown stadium project.
The franchise has now taken concrete steps for a possible move as their new lease agreement provides them a front-office location in Costa Mesa, California. Though if the team ultimately remains in San Diego their lease agreement would be terminated.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)