While Chargers stumble, 25,000 fans stage high-energy party – Orange County Register

The Chargers, in another fourth quarter meltdown, fumbled the team’s first season opener in Los Angeles in 57 years. But their fans — cheering in the stands or tailgating in the parking lot — gave a command performance at Carson’s StubHub Center on Sunday.

Supporters filled nearly every seat in a venue often described as “intimate” because of its small size by NFL standards. It was a tight match against the Miami Dolphins, which dissolved into a 19-17 loss on a missed field goal in the final seconds.

Undaunted, passionate fans like Rudy “El Cardador” Flores cheered like champs.

He traveled from Chicago and dressed in a costume that was part Chargers uniform, part Lucha Libre wrestler. Accustomed to heartbreaking losses from his favorite team, Flores was excited just to have the chance to experience the game in a smaller venue.

He joined fan groups that gathered first thing Sunday morning for tailgate parties in the parking lot.

There, Dolphins fans…

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