I had the opportunity to attend a FREE Chargers practice a few years ago. The practices are free to the public and you can get free Chargers training camp tickets online through the Chargers website. If you’re planning on visiting their camp this year, take a look at our tips for visiting the Chargers training camp before you go.
This year the team will play their regular season games in Inglewood, CA at the brand new SoFi Stadium, however the team holds training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa before the regular season begins.
You can sign up to get free tickets on their website, the tickets will be available in a few weeks. You can also check out the dates as of today, their schedule was posted today. It’s so much fun to attend with your family and the kids will love it as there is a kids area for them to enjoy.
What you need to know before visiting the Chargers training camp
Get your tickets in advance
Free tickets require online registration and seating is first come first served. Also, some of the practices are against very popular teams and those tickets will go fast. All you do is get the FREE tickets online and show them on your phone when you arrive so they can scan them. You just download the Chargers app and show them the barcodes. It’s super easy and you will get an email before the practice with detailed instructions on how to do it.
Where to park
Parking at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa is a little tricky. The official parking is about a block away from the actual practice. It costs $10 and is located on the Orange County fairgrounds. You will need to walk about half a mile.
Guests also have the option to park closer to the venue which costs about $20, but was literally next door to the practice. It was worth it especially because the day we went was very hot. Also, for people that are disabled, there is ADA parking as well right in front of the practice. Follow the signs.
Food and drinks allowed into the venue
You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks into the stadium. There is very limited food onsite and last time we went they only had water and Gatorade for sale. You cannot bring alcohol inside and they also do not sell alcohol at the practice.
Where to get the best bleacher seats
We got there about a half hour early and were able to sit in the shade on the bleachers. The practice is about 2 hours long. We stood by the sidelines two years ago to try and get an autograph, however this year there are many restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Keep in mind that it gets hot so make sure you are wearing cool clothes and we recommend a hat. The bleachers can also get uncomfortable after a while so if you have a portable stadium seat… bring it with you!
Kid-friendly areas at Chargers training camp
Feel free to bring your kids as there is plenty for them to do. A few years ago, they were able to kick a football into the end zone, jump into a ball pit, throw a football and many more fun stuff for them to do. There is also a cool down zone with mist so you can cool off a bit. We are not sure what they have planned for the kids this year due to the pandemic.
We really enjoyed attending the Chargers training camp open to the public. Also make sure you wear your Chargers gear as you will see so many others also showing their pride. There will also be merchandise for sale where you can purchase Chargers gear.
For FREE tickets, visit www.chargers.com/camp/.