Stadium delay raises questions about Rivers future

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Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers move into the compact StubHub Center was initially only supposed to last one season. However, recent construction delays due to an unusually high rate of rainfall in the area has pushed back the new stadium’s opening date.

Currently known as the L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, it will be home to both the Rams and Chargers when operational. The idea of Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, rent for use of the facility will be paid by the Chargers at a rate of $1 per year.

Unfortunately, the delayed opening now scheduled for 2020 falls one year after Rivers’ contract expires. Originally expected to open the new stadium vying for fan loyalty in the Los Angeles market with their franchise quarterback in tow, the Chargers may be looking elsewhere in two years.


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Rivers was never a big proponent of the move out of San Diego and was even rumored to be retiring should the team elect to move. He has since, at least outwardly, embraced the move and appears genuinely excited about the prospects of the 2017 team.

His reaction to the delayed opening will be interesting to watch. Hopefully both Rivers and the Chargers reach an agreement so Rivers can enjoy at least one season inside the new state of the art facility after residing in Qualcomm Stadium for the duration of his career.

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