Chargers submit papers on OC land for potential team headquarters

As the San Diego Chargers work through negotiations on a partnership with the Los Angeles Rams on the Rams’ Inglewood stadium project, some other elements of the Chargers potential move to L.A. are coming into place.

First came word that the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission would request from USC use of the Coliseum for two NFL teams next season. And now comes news that the Chargers are looking at a parcel of land in Santa Ana to serve as their interim headquarters and training facility should they relocate to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

The Chargers have up to a year to decide if they want to join the Rams in Los Angeles, and a decision could be announced by the end of the week. Obviously lining up a training facility is an important piece of that puzzle.

Here is the Chargers statement about the Santa Ana land”

This week the Chargers submitted grading and landscape plans for approval by the City of Santa Ana. The plans are for a five-acre parcel in Santa Ana that would be the location of the team’s interim headquarters and training facilities in the event the team exercises its option to relocate to the Los Angeles area. The Chargers were granted the right to relocate to Los Angeles by vote of the NFL’s ownership on January 12, 2016. The franchise is continuing to review all of its options, and no final decision on relocation has been made. It was necessary for the team to submit the grading and landscape plans now because of the long lead time necessary to secure land use approvals and to prepare the natural grass practice fields in time for the team’s offseason workout schedule.

It doesn’t mean the Chargers are coming to Los Angeles, obviously. But more and more, they are laying the ground work for a potential move.