Los Angeles Chargers (formerly known as San Diego Chargers) is an American football team from California. The team was a prominent San Diego team for most of their existence, only moving to Los Angeles in 2017. They are one of the most high-ranking NFL clubs in the West Coast.
Who owns Los Angeles Chargers? Dean Spanos and his family own much of the team’s stock. All but 4% belong to them.
The team was established in 1959 in Los Angeles. They only played there for one year until moving to San Diego. In 2017 they moved back, changing the name to their original moniker in the process. The name origin is simple: the bosses really liked that the team members yelled ‘charge’ all the time during the games.
1960 – 1961
Originally, the team used a coat of arms that was designed for them specifically, surrounded by a blue ring with the team name written on it in gold.
The coat of arms was basically a shield with dark blue rims, a yellow-blue lower section and an upper section that featured a horse head (or a silhouette of it). Along the line that separated them, there stretched a white lightning bolt, followed by the word ‘Chargers’ right below, also white.
1961 – 1974
The next year, they decided to get rid of everything except the coat of arms part. They changed it to a paler color palette, while also removing the letters ‘L’ & ‘A’ from the corners of the shield, which were present in the previous design.
1974 – 1988
The 1974 logo looks simply like a blue football helmet with yellow face protection and a lightning bolt of the same color along its side. The bolt was outlined by blue and then white. They also used these helmets as part of their uniforms through this period.
1988 – 2002
In 1988, they update the helmet’s look to a more modern design, while also altering some colors: the lightning became white, and the protection turned to blue. Notably, the bolt also became thinner than before.
2002 – 2007
In 2002, they decided to adopt the lightning bolt as their primary emblem. It looks exactly like on the 1974 helmet design, but white and with a black and thicker yellow outline.
2007 – 2017
In 2007, they changed the colors of the bolt to yellow, and outline to light blue and black respectively.
2017 – 2017
In 2017, they moved to Los Angeles and tried to experiment with the emblem by introducing the ‘LA’ lettering, except with a lightning bolt instead of the lower line on ‘L’ and the middle line on ‘A’ (which were merged). They were also slightly tilted and chiefly placed as white against the blue rectangle.
2017 – today
The next design is simply the 2007 one reused without changes.
The iconic touch of these helmets is that they always used virtually the same lightning bolt emblem, except in different colors. Initially, the helmets themselves were white and sported blue or yellow lightning. In the 1974 – 2006 period they were dark blue just like on the logos, and then white again.
Chargers mostly used white, yellow and blue in various combinations for their uniforms. The primary combination would be white jerseys with yellow pants or blue jerseys with white pants. Nowadays, they are mostly used as home and away colors respectively, although there were also other designs.
San Diego Chargers Colors
PANTONE: PMS 285 C
HEX COLOR: #0080C6;
RGB: (0, 128, 198)
CMYK: (90, 40, 0, 0)
PANTONE: PMS 1235 C
HEX CODE: #FFC20E;
RGB: (255, 194, 14)
CMYK: (0, 25, 100, 0)
HEX COLOR: #FFFFFF;
RGB: (255, 255, 255)
CMYK: (0, 0, 0, 0)