Source: Chargers, Rams reach agreement to share Inglewood stadium

- The San Diego Chargers reportedly reached an agreement in principle Friday to share the Rams future stadium in Inglewood, but there's still no word on whether the team has actually decided to relocate.

The Chargers have not issued a formal announcement, but team special counsel Mark Fabiani said a statement could be released later today.

A source tells FOX 11's Liz Habib that the agreement-in-principle had been reached for the team to share the Inglewood stadium with the Rams.

Representatives of the Chargers and Rams have been negotiating terms of a deal over the last couple of weeks, ever since the NFL allowed the Rams to return to Los Angeles and gave the Chargers a one-year
option to join them.

An agreement with the Rams could mean the Chargers will move, but it could also simply inform future negotiations with officials in San Diego, in case team Chairman Dean Spanos decides to give the franchise's home of 55 years another try.

The Chargers have until next January to exercise their option to move to Inglewood.

Spanos has not conversed in more than two weeks with the top two San Diego officials working to keep the Chargers in town -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Ron Roberts.

Representatives of Faulconer's office also said they anticipate issuing a statement later today.

On Thursday, it was learned that the Chargers applied for permits with the city of Santa Ana, in Orange County, to use five acres as a temporary headquarters and practice field while the Inglewood stadium is built. Fabiani said the submission had to happen now because of the long time it takes to get approvals, and install turf to be ready for preseason training camp.

 

The question of where the Chargers would play games the next few seasons remains unanswered, but the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission heard a presentation Thursday on a proposed amended lease with USC that would let two NFL teams play in the venerable stadium on a temporary basis, instead of the one currently allowed.

If the Chargers do move, the Oakland Raiders could opt to relocate to San Diego. However, owner Mark Davis was expected to be in Nevada today to meet with Las Vegas Sands Corp. head Sheldon Adelson on his plans to build a $1 billion domed stadium next to the UNLV campus.

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