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. Some have speculated he might relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles where the NFL is trying to re-establish its presence.
Journeyman head coach Norv Turner has commanded the sidelines in San Diego since 2007 when he replaced Marty Schottenheimer. His previous coaching engagements have included the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. Schottenheimer was unexpectedly fired after the 2006 season: the Chargers finished with an NFL-best 14-2 record that year but lost to the New England Patriots in the playoffs.