The Los Angeles Chargers have decided to hold joint practices with a couple of teams this summer during training camp, and it has been announced that they will practice with the other Los Angeles team, the Rams, on August 5th.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 7, 2017
Fans will be able to attend this practice, but there is a catch. In order to do so, you must be part of the team’s waiting list for the new stadium at Hollywood Park which will house both the Rams and the Chargers. That facility is expected to open in time for the start of the 2020 season.
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The Chargers are also expected to host joint practices with the New Orleans Saints in Costa Mesa. Both the Rams and Saints are on the Chargers’ preseason schedule, so it will be a great experience for the squad as player evaluations are at their peak.
Last season, the Chargers and Arizona Cardinals participated in joint practices prior to their preseason game in mid-August.
Limiting access to this special practice to those on the waiting list seems like a unique idea, but it’s also one that carries some risk. The Chargers are entering a brand new market and it may not be the best business decision to try to lure new fans that way. Sure, guys like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald will be on the same practice field, but that might not be enough of a selling point.
Will the waiting list really fill up that quickly? Well, Chargers officials sure hope so. But if you’re wanting to be on it, now there’s a little extra incentive.
Of course, there are two sides to every coin. Many fans will likely see things much differently.