The Los Angeles Chargers have released plans for a 14-acre training facility and corporate headquarters in El Segundo, California, with everything from practice fields to an esports facility encompassing the site that has a targeted spring 2024 completion date.
“When searching for a location to establish our hub of football and business operations, we didn’t leave a single stone unturned,” said Chargers Owner and Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos. “This process played out for more than four years because we weren’t willing to settle. Good enough wasn’t going to cut it. We wanted great, and we finally found it.”
“To be able to develop 14 acres of prime real estate with the proximity to LAX, SoFi Stadium, Silicon Beach, more Fortune 500 companies in the state than anywhere except San Francisco and, of course, neighbors like the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, it’s another major step toward building a perennial contender and further rooting ourselves in the community we serve,” Spanos said.
Outside the main building that spans nearly 145,000 square feet will be three natural grass fields with an artificial turf perimeter. An additional 3,400-square-foot elevated outdoor turf area and two-lane lap pool for player rehabilitation are among the various outdoor amenities set for construction. With the field area designed to accommodate bleacher seating for more than 5,000, 348 on-site parking spaces and accommodations available for offsite parking, the Chargers will be able to host public training camp at the El Segundo complex once open.
The project is set to go before the city’s planning commission later this month.
“The look, feel and functionality of your training facility means more today than it ever has in professional sports,” said Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. “Being able to create a building that can grow with technological advances – especially in regard to nutritional needs, strength and performance, injury prevention, medical treatment and game planning — is crucial to sustained success. Everyone knows the margin between wins and losses in the NFL is razor thin. Any advantage you can create for your coaches and players, you’ll take it. Having a world-class training facility definitely falls into that category.”