The Chargers start groundbreaking moves with the Super Bowl in mind

the Battery charger conducted an unveiling ceremony Wednesday afternoon for their new training facility in El Segundo, but before President Dean Spanos said anything to celebrate the occasion, he asked one of his future neighbors for help.

Seated in the crowd was Lakers president Jeanie Buss, whose team won two championships soon after moving their training center to El Segundo in March 2000.

“Jeanie, give me some of that luck, right?” Spano said. “Our first two years, I’ll take one. But I know the coach would like two, ok. I would appreciate it”.

The Chargers facility will be built near the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Nash Street on a 14-acre site that was part of a sprawling campus managed by defense contractor Raytheon Technologies Corp.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024. Until then, the Chargers will remain in Costa Mesa, where they have been based since moving out of San Diego in 2017.

“Finally, we have our home for the future,” Spanos said. “I’m really happy with that. I know our staff, our coaches, our family are. Everyone is really excited about it. This is our home now. “

In attendance on Wednesday were coach Brandon Staley, safety Durwin James Jr. and quarterback Justin Herbert.

When the Chargers move to El Segundo, James and Herbert could play with a significant second contract. James can be extended as early as this summer. Herbert can benefit from an extension starting next low season.

“I think you always want to extend players in this way,” Spanos said when asked specifically about James. “I’m not going to make any predictions, but I don’t have to say enough good things about him. We love it. “

Father John Bakas, left, recites a prayer during a groundbreaking ceremony for a Chargers headquarters in El Segundo.

Father John Bakas, left, recites a prayer during a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Chargers headquarters and training facility in El Segundo.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

 Justin Herbert launches the first pass on land that will become the future headquarters of the Chargers in El Segundo.

Quarterback Justin Herbert throws the first pass on land that will become the future headquarters and training facility of the Chargers in El Segundo.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Along with their daily operations, the Chargers also intend to conduct a training camp at the new facility. The three-story venue will be flanked by three practice fields.

There will be an outdoor lap pool and lounge. The video games will be ready as part of a studio that could eventually house an e-sports team.

The complex will have broadcast facilities and a 180-seat auditorium for players’ meetings. On the top floor there will be an indoor-outdoor hospitality club for VIP events.

Renderings on display during the Wednesday ceremony included one featuring a giant image of Herbert near the building’s main entrance.

“I never imagined I was on the side of such a facility,” said Herbert, smiling. “I thought it was pretty cool.”

The groundbreaking ceremonial continued an aggressive offseason during which the Chargers made numerous additions to the touted roster, particularly in defense.

A team that finished last season 9-8 and lost a place in the playoffs in the regular season finale now there is talk of a potential Super Bowl contender.

“I feel like expectations are a privilege,” said James. “For people to have a high regard for you… it’s a privilege. So we have to go out there and do what we have to do. “

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