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SPORTY SAN DIEGO

Three new reasons to root, root, root for the home team

By Christina Orlovsky
Josh DaFoe
Josh DaFoe

The departure of the Chargers from San Diego left a hole in the local athletic landscape that still stings many sports fans. But the recent arrival of three new teams gives the city something to root for. Three cheers for the San Diego Fleet, San Diego Seals and San Diego Legion.

Josh DaFoe
Josh DaFoe

San Diego Fleet

NFL football left a bitter taste in the mouths of many San Diego sports fans. But the San Diego Fleet, a charter member of the newly formed Alliance of American Football, hopes to change all that. Playing at SDCCU Stadium, formerly Qualcomm Stadium and the long-time home of the San Diego Chargers, the team—whose name pays homage to the city’s ties to the U.S. Navy—aims to do what the Chargers never seemed to be able to: succeed.

“It’s clear that with the interest in fantasy football, the draft, the Combine, people want football year-round,” explains Dave Boller, the Fleet’s general manager. “We’re not competing against the NFL. What we are doing is giving players a league to develop their skills and giving fans something to support. When you see us on the field, you’ll see a good product, a tough defense that plays hard and never quits and a dynamic offense.”

San Diego Seals
San Diego Seals

San Diego Seals

For those unfamiliar with the sport, the National Lacrosse League may not mean much. But for the nearly 10,000 fans that have attended games since the professional indoor league’s founding in 1986, having a new local team is a pretty big deal. With their home opener held at Pechanga Arena on January 12, the Seals introduced San Diego to a new level of sports excitement.

“Professional lacrosse is exciting because of the speed, intensity and physicality of the game. San Diego was the perfect place for an expansion team because it’s a growing lacrosse community and a town with a history of dedicated sports fans,” says Steve Govett, team president. “When you come to a Seals game, you’ll find a party with world-class lacrosse being played on the field—hard hits, non-stop excitement and music throughout the game.”

SD Legion
SD Legion

San Diego Legion

With its hard-hitting reputation, rugby has garnered a cult-like following around the world. With the arrival of the San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby team formed in 2017, San Diegans can get in on the action at USD’s Torero Stadium.

“It’s exciting how much interest the team has gained with the local and regional community in only its second season,” says Rick Schloss, team spokesperson. “San Diego has a huge number of people that play rugby on club and high school teams, and we have a strong base of excellent players and coaches. Games offer a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with music, food, a beer zone and kids zone, with great rugby played in an intimate location where everyone is close to the action.”

[ Pick one team or pick all three. Whatever you do, pick up a set of tickets and head out to a game to show your support for San Diego’s newest athletes. See you on the sidelines! ]