The Los Angeles Chargers played their first regular season game at the StubHub Center in Carson on Sunday. It culminated in a missed late field goal by rookie kicker Younghoe Koo to give the visiting Miami Dolphins a narrow victory on the road.
The game itself was also an unmitigated disaster from a organizational standpoint.
You never judge a crowd at kickoff but… pic.twitter.com/v7BHMLzJFZ
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) September 17, 2017
Rivers on energy of crowd "The loudest roar came at the end after the missed field goal, you got to see how many Dolphins fans there were."
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) September 18, 2017
Ouch. That has to hurt.
Meanwhile, back in San Diego, it looks like the former Chargers home-town fan base tuned the game out completely. After all, television ratings were down 53 percent from this time last season.
This looks authentic. Not big surprise especially w/game on Fox at same time. I predicted rating between 12-14 … landed at 12.3. https://t.co/jltTPS0fAh
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) September 18, 2017
That’s definitely not good for anyone involved. And with an attendance in Los Angeles of under 26,000, it’s rather clear that city is not exactly too excited about the team’s relocation.
We’re not too sure how this is going to play out moving forward. What we do know is that the Chargers’ former fan base in San Diego has lost interest.
If there’s not any type of renewed interest in Los Angeles, this could ultimately prove to be an absolutely embarrassing few seasons before the Chargers open their new digs with the Rams in Inglewood a few seasons from now.