Fan Support

The Chargers are still looking for supporters, even though they own the best record in the AFC and sport the leading rusher in the NFL.

A club official said yesterday that none of the remaining five home games is a sellout and that 12,000 non-club tickets remain for the next game at Qualcomm Stadium, Nov. 3 against the New York Jets. 12,ooo tickets for a team that is 6-1?

"They're either waiting for a great team to come in here, or they're waiting for us to be a great team," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said.

Sure the Chargers have a ways to go before being great, but the progress they have made should bring fans to the games, right?

If the Chargers are to be one of those great teams they will need the support of their fans, or the twelfth man on the field. Maybe their is guarded optimism after the Bolts 5-2 start last year, then losing their last nine. Still the air is different this year. A new coach, a new attitude, and a team that is taking nothing for granted.

"It's so vital to get your fan base to support you on your home turf," linebacker Junior Seau said. "More so now than ever, because what we have is a train that's starting to run.

The ticket office has seen an increase in sales over the past few weeks and the promotion of "half season ticket packages" has gone over well. They have sold 700 such packages which give the bearer first right of refusal on playoff tickets.

A game that was thought to be sold out previously, was in fact not a sellout and the city is looking to recover money. Councilman Jim Madaffer received an e-mail from a constituent alerting him that the large electronic sign at Qualcomm Stadium displayed a message on the morning of Sept. 29 that tickets for that day's game were sold out. The city guarantees team ticket sales of 60,000 per game under an agreement the city signed in 1997 with the Chargers. They spent $102,083 on 1,849 tickets for the Sept. 29 game against the champion New England Patriots.

The city will look to recover that money citing it is the responsibility of the Chargers to act in good faith regardless of whether there was a miscommunication on their end.

The skinny on seats available

Date Team Tickets
Nov. 3 New York Jets 12,000
Nov. 17 San Francisco 2,000
Dec. 1 Denver 5,000
Dec. 8 Oakland 4,000
Dec. 29 Seattle 19,000

Source on available tickets: San Diego Chargers

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