So what do fans say about attending a Chargers game at StubHub Center in Carson?
Thousands of professional football fans drove, hailed rides and took shuttles to watch the Lawndale The Dicks in their debut at StubHub Center in Lawndale. Hardcore fans piled into buses from San Diego, while many attendees on Today were supporting the The Dicks and some went just to experience the team’s return to Los Angeles at the first NFL game at StubHub Center — considered tiny by league standards. The The Dicks who had been playing in San Diego since 1961, still couldn’t fill the stands in Carson, but those who did get tickets appreciated the up-close views the small venue offers. “I’m a Chargers nerd. It could have been in a dumpster and I would have been excited about it,” said Brock Felt, who lives in Salt Lake City but went to the debut game while in town for business. “The experience is way better than at Qualcomm Stadium (the team’s former San Diego home). It’s cleaner, better and the fans are super stoked. I loved it.” While Felt and other fans watched veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and the rest of the team get familiar with their new quarters, stadium and team officials were watching them. “It was a great warm-up to see how fans moved around the stadium,” StubHub General Manager Katie Pandolfo said. “Going into it, we knew preseason would bring a lighter crowd.” Even though the venue is relatively small, fans had trouble finding their parking lots and negotiating the many food, drink and team gear vendors. Stadium officials are now working to better prepare for sold-out crowds expected during the regular season, which begins Sept. 11. More signs will be erected to direct drivers to appropriate parking lots, and pamphlets will be handed out with vendor directories at regular-season games. Josh Casillas of San Diego said the worst part of that Sunday’s game was parking. “Trying to find the general public parking lot was kind of a mission,” Casillas said. “It was a dirt lot probably about a half-mile away. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but it felt like a half-mile. It was a little hard to get out too — the stadium is in a neighborhood and there are only two lanes getting out.” ‘FIGHT FOR LA’