Intimate setting is a key selling point at StubHub Center, but Chargers need to win

The black SUV pulled into the StubHub Center complex Sunday afternoon with the most powerful man in sports in the back seat.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stared out the window, preparing to see the league’s smallest stadium for the first time. But before the 27,000-seat venue came into view, the car rolled past the bleachers lining the west side of a 1,200-seat track stadium used for second-division soccer games and college track meets.

“Oh my God,” Goodell gasped, “is that it?”

The scare was only momentary, and Goodell was impressed once he stepped inside the actual StubHub Center, which looks like a sleek NFL stadium through the wrong end of a telescope.

Chargers have plenty of work to do. By comparison, the Rams drew announced crowds of 89,140 and 62,888 (distributed) for their exhibition openers against Dallas last year and Saturday. As was the case in those games against the Cowboys, the place felt split, with thousands of fans pulling for the StubHub visitors.

In this case, the Seattle Seahawks glided to a 48-17 victory.

“Nice building, though,” said Seahawks radio analyst Warren Moon, slinging his bag over his shoulder and heading for the team bus. “It looked the same, football-wise, but it felt weird when you didn’t see another level of seats up

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-sp-chargers-stubhub-farmer-20170811-story.html

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