StubHub Center crowds haven’t been friendly to winless Chargers
By Jack Wang
CARSON — “Sixteen away-game season! Every game’s an away game!”
The voice rang out from the Chargers’ locker room on Sunday evening, the frustration of an 0-4 start spilling over. Yes, there are three other winless teams in the NFL right now, ones that have lost in much more lopsided fashion. But these Chargers are the only team still winless after three home games.
In its first three contests as an NFL stadium, StubHub Center has hosted crowds officially counted at 25,381, 25,386, and 25,374. That’s as close as the Chargers will get to a sellout in the 27,000-seat venue, since they don’t count their hold of 1,200 complimentary tickets, and must also reserve 500 seats for sale to disabled fans.
So overall attendance isn’t the real problem. What is? The colors in the stands.
The Chargers lost to the Eagles, 26-24, on Sunday, and they did so in front of a crowd that wouldn’t have looked too out of place in Philadelphia.
“It was definitely noticed by our entire team,” said Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, “and we definitely fed off them today.”
“Honestly, it was unbelievable,” said quarterback Carson Wentz.
Malcolm Jenkins says in his 9 years in the NFL he really hasnt seen anything quite like #Eagles🦅 fans taking over today pic.twitter.com/xawQSJx6L3
— John Clark CSN/NBC (@JClarkCSN) October 2, 2017
StubHub Center had hosted split audiences twice before, but those felt like even matchups. Against Miami and Kansas City, the noise swung back and forth between the home crowd and the visitors — rising according to what was happening on the field. Sunday’s crowd tilted toward the latter, roaring for the Eagles at every opportunity. One Chargers fan even told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was out of his seat in order to avoid being engulfed […]