When the San Diego Chargers announced Thursday that the team would be moving to Los Angeles, sports fans were clearly unhappy on Twitter. One major reason? Seating capacity.
The Chargers will be trading their stadium of nearly fifty years, which currently holds 70,000 people, for a temporary home at the StubHub Center. The new digs also currently hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy MLS team and has 30,000 seats -- making it the NFL’s smallest stadium by a longshot.
This detail stuck out to fans of Texas high school football. Currently, the largest high school football stadium in Texas (one intentionally built with that purpose) is the Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, which has a capacity for nearly 20,000 spectators.
And while it still sits below the new Chargers home, players around the Lone Star State are used to having a big house during playoffs. NRG Stadium in Houston, home to the Texans, seats more than 70,000 fans and welcomes high school playoff games in the fall. Up in Dallas, the Cowboys play in AT&T Stadium, packing 80,000 fans in seats and another 20,000 in standing-room-only areas.
The new home of the L.A. Chargers isn't even big enough to hold the Texas high school football playoffs. #txhsfb— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 12, 2017
Local high school Lake Travis had a baker’s dozen more fans than the total capacity of the StubHub Center when the Cavaliers defeated The Woodlands for the 6A-Division I championship.