Decked out in blue and gold, Bolts fans headed to Qualcomm Stadium Saturday for the 2014 San Diego Chargers FanFest – their first chance to check out the team before football season.
Enthusiastic fans packed the stadium for the free event, which included a performance by the 2014 Charger Girls, a hard-hitting practice and meet-and-greets with some San Diego alumni.
“I’m here to see the players, hopefully watch them practice, get some autographs,” one fan told NBC 7.
He predicted the Bolts would have a strong team this year and “take out the Broncos.”
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Richard Nguyen, there with a large group, said he was amped to see the 2014 team.
“Chargers, NFL season is about to start. I’m excited,” said Nguyen. “We’ve got a good team – we’ve got a lot of good, young guys.”
“I just want to see what they’re about,” added his friend, Johnny Tran.
Fans were able to watch the team’s newest additions in action on the field, including first-round draft pick Jason Verrett and free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers. Fan favorites, including Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle, Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd also returned to the field.
Fans also had a chance to meet a group of Bolts alumni and get autographs and pictures. The alum roster included: Hank Bauer, Rolf Benirschke, Willie Buchanon, John Carney, Luis Castillo, Burt Grossman, Mark Seay, Billy Shields, Billy Ray Smith and Doug Wilkerson.
The stadium also offered some football eats for cheap, including $2 hot dogs. Fans were also able to shop for new Chargers gear including jerseys, hats and T-shirts in anticipation of football season.