San Diego fan Joseph Macrae raised $10,000 on GoFundMe and paid for the rotating digital image billboard that will be near from the StubHub Center.
Joseph Macrae, a dedicated supporter of the once-San Diego Chargers, made a decision to find an avenue that would adequately express the anger of fans in his situation. This is for Oakland fans and St. Louis fans as well. You may have been the most loyal and dedicated supporter but it didn't matter in the end. "This is your chance", MacRae wrote on the GoFundMe page.
All three franchises made a decision to re-locate to new markets after failing to secure public funding for new stadiums. After last season, when Chargers owner Dean Spanos couldn't get taxpayers to fund a new stadium, he moved his team to Los Angeles and will eventually share a stadium in Inglewood with the Rams.
Macrae specifically took aim at Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who's been criticized heavily since moving the franchise to Los Angeles after a 2016 bond measure failed to deliver funding for a new stadium in San Diego. MacRae told KSWB-TV that he has received assurances that the billboard will remain active regardless of whether National Football League officials protest. "'All of this just in time for the first ever 'LA Chargers" home opener vs the Miami Dolphins on September 17th, 2017'. Fans heading to the game will likely see this billboard slamming the NFL.
"He added: "[NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell keeps talking about how "painful" relocation is for the NFL. Roger Goodell makes 34 million dollars a year and could care less about the people in San Diego, Oakland or St. Louis'.
The Chargers have three straight home games at the StubHub Center in Carson with the first one scheduled for Sunday.