Another domino has fallen in the Chargers' quest for Los Angeles, one that seems to (tangibly) point to the team heading north.
Thursday, it was learned that the Chargers have acquired five acres of land in Santa Ana and have submitted plans for grading and landscaping the area, to build a temporary training facility if they decide to join Stan Kroenke and the Rams in Inglewood.
The team released this statement:
"This week the Chargers submitted grading and landscape plans for approval by the City of Santa Ana. The plans are for a five-acre parcel in Santa Ana that would be the location of the team’s interim headquarters and training facilities in the event the team exercises its option to relocate to the Los Angeles area. The Chargers were granted the right to relocate to Los Angeles by vote of the NFL’s ownership on January 12, 2016. The franchise is continuing to review all of its options, and no final decision on relocation has been made. It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team’s offseason workout schedule."
A team official confirmed the Chargers "control the land" in Santa Ana, though no transaction details were released.
The Chargers are still in the process of deciding where they want to play in 2016, as well as in future years. They have until March 23 to decide if they will play at Qualcomm Stadium for the upcoming season, and they have until January 2017 to decide whether they will join the Rams in Los Angeles.