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Chargers break ground on new HQ and training facility

Chargers Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony at the 14-acre site in El SegundoGetty Images

The Chargers Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony at the 14-acre site in El Segundo of their "future team headquarters and training facility," which is “slated for completion in the summer of 2024," according to Gilbert Manzano of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. The Chargers’ new home is projected to have a main building that “spans nearly 145,000 square feet adjacent to three full-sized football fields" where the team will hold practices. The new HQ is expected to have a “roof-top hospitality club, full eSports gaming and content studios, and a 3,100-square foot media center.” An additional “3,400-square foot elevated outdoor turf area and two-lane lap pool for player rehabilitation” are among the "assorted outdoor amenities set for construction." This project is the Chargers’ “last step into settling" in L.A. after relocating from San Diego in ’17. Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. in Beverly Hills announced in March it had “arranged $276 million of construction and permanent financing for the facility." The Chargers will join the Lakers and Kings as L.A. pro teams with facilities in El Segundo. It puts them “less than 3 miles from LAX and 7 miles from SoFi Stadium" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/19). In L.A., Jeff Miller writes along with their day-to-day operations, the Chargers also “intend to conduct training camp at the new facility” (L.A. TIMES, 3/19).

ON THE MOVE: The AP’s Joe Reedy writes Rams Owner Stan Kroenke’s coaches and players still "spend their weekdays working out of temporary trailers at the spartan training complex" the team "built on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks after its return from St. Louis" in ‘16. But the Rams “finally might be on the move” in a few seasons. Earlier this month, an L.A. city council member confirmed that Kroenke "bought the defunct Woodland Hills Promenade mall for a reported $150 million.” The team is expected to “build a training complex on the site,” although it has not “announced any plans or even confirmed Kroenke’s purchase of the property” (AP, 5/19).

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