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Dean Spanos confirms Chargers are going to L.A.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Team President and CEO Dean Spanos of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Word broke on Wednesday night that the Chargers would be moving their home from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 2017 season and the team confirmed it on Thursday.

Owner Dean Spanos announced the team’s plans in a letter posted to the team’s website and to their renamed Twitter account.

“After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season. San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years. But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers.

L.A. is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must earn the respect and support of L.A. football fans. We must get back to winning. And, we must make a meaningful contribution, not just on the field, but off the field as a leader and champion for the community. The Chargers are determined to fight for L.A. and we are excited to get started.”

The letter did not include specifics about where the Chargers will play, but they are expected to make the StubHub Center their base for the next two years before joining the Rams in the stadium being built in Inglewood.