This company energizes football fans in Southern California. Chargers Football owns and operates the San Diego Chargers professional football team, a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) and current member of the National Football League (NFL). Barron Hilton (the son of hotelier Conrad Hilton) founded the team in 1959 as the Los Angeles Chargers; it moved to San Diego in 1961 and won the AFL championship two years later. The AFL and NFL merged in 1970. Despite its lengthy history, the franchise has made just one trip to the Super Bowl (a loss to the San Francisco 49ers following the 1994 season). Alex Spanos, who owns construction firm A. G. Spanos Companies, has owned the Bolts since 1984.
Chargers Football is currently looking for new home to replace its team's aging QUALCOMM Stadium (constructed in 1967). While Spanos has expressed interest in staying in the San Diego area, the city of San Diego has so far declined to help fund a new facility. The team might relocate to the Los Angeles area for the 2016 season. The NFL is trying to re-establish its presence in the Los Angeles area.