While it’s yet to be determined how viable of an operation the Alliance of American Football will be, its franchise roster has taken shape. And after losing its NFL team recently, San Diego will be part of it.
Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports San Diego will be the sixth city to be part of the AAF’s first-year operation, which begins in Feb. 2019. San Diego joins Salt Lake City, Orlando, Memphis, Phoenix and Atlanta as cities that will house teams in this upstart league.
Mike Martz will coach the San Diego franchise, per Krasovic, and games will be held at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers played at this site for nearly 50 years before defecting to Los Angeles in early 2017. The AAF and San Diego have a one-year deal in place for games to be played at the stadium, Krasovic reports.
Martz’s most recent NFL coaching tenure came as Bears OC from 2010-11. Martz’s previous job was working as 49ers OC under Mike Singletary, who also will be a head coach in the AAF. Two more teams will be announced for this league’s inaugural season.