The LA Chargers schedule for the 2021 season is going to be officially released by the team on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. PST but there are already plenty of leaks hitting the news cycle. We already know for certain that the Bolts will open the season on the road against Washington and appear to be back home in Week 2 on September 19.
This is the first time that fans will be welcomed into SoFi Stadium and Charger fans are looking to make a statement after the narrative that was created at Dignity Health Sports Park. With more than a soccer stadium, the hope is that Charger fans will not get outrageously priced out by the road fans who want to see their team in Southern California.
It is going to start out with a massive challenge, though. Chargers beat reporter Gilbert Manzano reported that the Chargers home-opener is going to be against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.
This is going to be a fan challenge for the LA Chargers.
If there was one opponent that was going to cause the biggest problem and fan disparity it was the Dallas Cowboys. They are called America’s Team for a reason and quite frankly, they may have the second biggest fanbase in Southern California.
Take this with a grain of salt, but when I worked retail in a previous life the Cowboys were always the number two seller behind the Raiders. When the Los Angeles Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason we had our biggest NFL sales day of the year, 90% of which being Cowboys fans.
The Rams actually set the record for the most fans at a preseason game in league history, coming in just shy of 90,000 fans. And if you go back and watch that game, 70% of the fans (at least) were Cowboys fans.
So while we have no doubt here at Bolt Beat that Chargers fans will try their best to show up for the home-opener, there are some worries about re-sellers and Cowboy fans flooding the market. They do not get to see their team in LA often and the first Chargers home game at SoFi Stadium with fans might look like it is at AT&T Stadium.
Just brace for the memes. It is inevitable.