Chargers facing potential blackout

City News Service

The Chargers game against the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday will be blacked out if 4,600 tickets aren’t sold by Thursday at 1 p.m., the team announced Tuesday.

Three of the first four home games last year were unavailable to local television viewers because not enough tickets were sold by the deadline. The 2011 home opener, against the Minnesota Vikings, did make it on TV.

The NFL generally grants 24-hour grace periods if sales of general tickets are close to a sellout. Pricey club level tickets are not included in the formula for Qualcomm Stadium, which seats about 71,000 fans for football.

Fans have a much higher bar to scale for the following week against the Miami Dolphins. The Chargers said around 9,700 tickets remain unsold for that contest.