The Los Angeles Chargers played a home game yesterday, which means it’s time to play fun with empty seats at Chargers games:
Chargers announce game as a sellout. Okie dokie pic.twitter.com/XJgyLufW3Q
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) November 25, 2018
The announced sellout, while embarrassing for a game where most of the actual seats were empty, at least gives us some more info about what’s going on here, especially coupled with the news that seats were available on StubHub for as little as $9. Clearly people are buying tickets to Chargers games; they just have no interest in using them. Which means somebody — either Chargers fans in L.A., if they exist, or ticket brokers in L.A. — gobbled up season tickets in hopes of landing season tickets at the Chargers’ new home when it opens in 2020. So maybe everyone is just waiting for the new stadium before they’ll go see Chargers games — though no matter how nice it is, you have to figure it’s still less enticing than seeing a game right now for $9, especially with the Chargers actually playing well this season.
The more likely theory is that nobody in L.A. cares much about the Chargers, and the people getting on line for season tickets are going to end up either taking a bath on them or trying to sell them all to out-of-town fans. Or hoping that Elon Musk builds a tunnel to San Diego.