San Diego Chargers purchase land tied into possible move

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:20 AM
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The San Diego Chargers have purchased land in Orange County to be used for an interim practice facility and team headquarters should the franchise opt to move to Los Angeles, the Orange County Register reported.

The Chargers haven' t officially announced their plans but all indications are pointing toward a move to Inglewood, where the team would share a stadium with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Chargers formally submitted grading and landscape plans to the city of Santa Ana earlier this week, the Register reported.

Team officials confirmed the purchase with a statement released Thursday.

"This week the Chargers submitted grading and landscape plans for approval by the City of Santa Ana," the Chargers said in the statement. "The plans are for a five-acre parcel in Santa Ana that would be the location of the team' s interim headquarters and training facilities in the event the team exercises its option to relocate to the Los Angeles area.

"The Chargers were granted the right to relocate to Los Angeles by vote of the NFL' s ownership on Jan. 12, 2016. The franchise is continuing to review all of its options, and no final decision on relocation has been made. It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team' s offseason workout schedule."

The Chargers are in the midst of negotiations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and it is believed a deal could be reached by the weekend.

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