StubHub Center gets its NFL dress rehearsal Sunday when Chargers open exhibition play – Los Angeles Times

If the Chargers’ joint practice with the Rams last weekend was a “dry run” for the StubHub Center, then Sunday’s 5 p.m. exhibition opener against the Seattle Seahawks is a dress rehearsal for the intimate soccer-stadium-turned-NFL-facility.

The first of two home exhibition games — the Chargers will host the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 20 — will give team and stadium officials a chance to monitor the flow of traffic outside the stadium and fans inside it, and to identify and address any problems involving concession stands, restrooms and crowd control.

About 8,000 fans attended last weekend’s practice, but a capacity crowd of 27,000 is expected Sunday night, putting the temporary home of the Chargers to an immediate test.

Parking lots open four hours and gates 3½ hours before the game. The team encourages fans to arrive early so they can park, pass through security and find their seats in time for kickoff.

Those arriving late could miss the Chargers’ first-team offense, led by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, star running back Melvin Gordon and a fleet of talented receivers and tight ends, and defensive standouts such as edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said most starters will play a series or two and that Rivers, who is beginning his 14th NFL season, will play only one series.

“We just want him to start the game with his teammates, then get him out,” Lynn said.

Even if the Chargers go three-and-out?

“Yeah,” Lynn said, “he’s probably one and done.”

The game doesn’t count, but the Chargers, who moved from San Diego in January and are trying to carve out a niche in the populated Southern California sports market, want to make a good first impression.

“It’s super important for us to go out there

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