INGLEWOOD — Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert went his total rookie season with out seeing followers within the stands at SoFi Stadium. That modified Saturday morning when the Offensive Rookie of the Yr walked onto the sector to greet followers.
“It’ll be somewhat completely different as a result of I’m type of used to the empty stadium, but it surely’ll be a cool expertise,” Herbert informed reporters in particular person – one other first – earlier than saying good day to Chargers season-ticket members.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley was additionally on the SoFi Stadium open home to greet followers who bought to take a seat of their seats for the primary time.
Staley is aware of the Inglewood venue as a result of he was the Rams’ defensive coordinator final season, however Saturday was the primary time he noticed the sector with the Chargers’ brand.
“I didn’t know if we had been sharing a locker room,” Staley stated in regards to the first time he noticed the Chargers’ locker room. “I didn’t understand how that works. So only a actually distinctive atmosphere. (It’s like) MetLife (Stadium), you already know the place the Giants and the Jets play … I’ve at all times admired New York that means due to how massive it’s and being within the mecca. And I really feel like L.A. is comparable like that is … on every coast like this can be a mecca of sports activities.
“This venue definitely displays that. I feel it’s so worthy of that mantle. And so I feel it’s actually thrilling for this metropolis and definitely thrilling for us.”
As a substitute of throwing a soccer, Herbert bought to fireplace the Chargers’ cannon to create noise for followers in attendance.
Staley stated he’s desperate to have followers at house video games as a result of he remembers how quiet it was for final season’s opener between the Rams and Cowboys for the primary sport ever at SoFi Stadium.
He in contrast the unusual setting to a sport between John Carroll College and Muskingum College.
“Once we went out for that first sport, it’s Sunday Evening Soccer towards the Cowboys, and we went on the market and it felt like John Carroll-Muskingum,” stated Staley, a former John Carroll College defensive coordinator. “It took a second and took all people a second (to get used to it). I feel that this can be a higher sport with followers.”