The Chargers will hold their annual rookie mini camp this week at their Murphy Canyon training facility. It starts on Friday and this year the Bolts are doing something a little bit different.
On Saturday they're allowing fans to come watch the workouts, something they typically do not do. What would provoke a change of heart like that? A cue can be found in the team's official press release:
"Rookie Mini Camp also will provide fans with another opportunity to sign the Citizen’s Initiative in support of a modern multi-use stadium and convention facility in the East Village downtown."
That makes sense. The Chargers are trying like crazy to collect signatures for their Downtown convadium proposal so it's smart to make it easy for people who will likely support the cause to sign on.
Fans can bring food and drink (non-alcoholic only) or buy refreshments there. Folks in the stands are welcome to shoot photographs but video cameras are not allowed so shooting moving pictures of the event is not going to happen. Well, not unless somebody can figure out how to capture video on a mobile device but we are probably years away from that kind of technology. In that official press release the Chargers provided a longer list of banned items:
"Other items not permitted at Chargers Park include: pets (other than service dogs), weapons, chains, stun guns, mace & pepper sprays, water guns, fireworks, frisbees, sports balls, beach balls or other inflatable objects, laser pointers, flammable objects, musical instruments or noise-making devices."
So if you were planning on shooting off a few fireworks while playing the 1812 Overture on your cymbals as your kids and cats got in to a water gun fight the first time Joey Bosa makes a nice play, sorry. You're out of luck.
Gates open to the public at 9:15 Saturday morning and admission is free. Practice starts at 10:15 and concludes at 11:45. You can park on Murphy Canyon Road and in the parking lots located south of Chargers Park.