December 24, 2016 / 4:46 AM / 2 years ago

Chargers prepare for potential move to Los Angeles

(Reuters) - The San Diego Chargers have made preparations for a potential move to Los Angeles, leasing a portion of an Orange County office facility and working to secure nearby land for practice fields, the NFL said on its website on Friday.

Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) dives for a ball out of his reach during the second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers franchise, which landed in San Diego in 1961 and joined the National Football League as a result of the American Football Conference-NFL merger in 1970, appears on the verge of a move due to their long difficulty securing a new stadium.

The Chargers applied for a move to Los Angeles last January before it was determined they would remain put for at least the 2016 season.

In November, San Diego voters rejected a ballot measure that would have raised hotel occupancy taxes to help pay for a proposed $1.8 billion downtown stadium project.

The franchise has now taken concrete steps for a possible move as their new lease agreement provides them a front-office location in Costa Mesa, California. Though if the team ultimately remains in San Diego their lease agreement would be terminated.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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