SAN DIEGO-Fanfest is all about the fans. The San Diego Chargers do this quite well as players line the inside rim of Qualcomm Stadium every year after an intersquad practice to show their appreciation for their loyal fans. Saturday, August 2, was no different. This year’s Fanfest event brought out more fans than any other year, which is a good sign of the expectations and hopes that the Chargers faithful have of their team this season.
Well, they get to see that on Thursday when the Chargers entertain the Dallas Cowboys in the first exhibition game of the season. But that’s another story. This article is about fanfest, so we’ll keep it there. Wide receiver Eddie Royal said this was what the event of the day was all about.
“You come out and show your appreciation for the fans, and this our way of doing that,” Royal said.
Mark Seay, who was a member of the Chargers when the team make its only trip to the Super Bowl, said fanfest is a big deal for the fans, community, players and the entire franchise.
“This is big time,” the Long Beach State alum said. “Already, you’re getting momentum with the fan base, and hopefully that will trickle down once the season begin, and they’ll feel more part of what is going on. That’s so important with your fan base…to feel one with your team. I think that will translate into victories.”
Seay, who was a crowd favorite during his stint with the ballclub from 1993 to 1995, was widely acknowledged during the fanfest festivities with cheers and chants of his name called out by still adoring fans.
“It makes you feel good,” Seay said. “I’m just here with my son, trying to give him a birdseye view of what it is kind of all about. It’s good to know (that) twenty years ago-it all seems like yesterday to me because it was my life and I was experiencing it all-it’s good to hear some of the fans recognize you and calling out your name want your autograph.”
The Chargers played a shot scrimmage before embarking on the trail of of greeting and meeting fans around the stadium, signing footballs, hats and whatever memorabilia thrown their way. That’s what fanfest is all about.