Tickets to see Bears, Cowboys on sale Friday

The San Diego Chargers open the 2010 preseason with back-to-back home games against two of the NFL’s most storied franchises – the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys – and tickets to those games go on sale Friday, April 23.

The team announced the dates and times for the Chargers’ four preseason games, beginning with Chicago Bears in San Diego on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. PDT. The following weekend brings the Dallas Cowboys to Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 21, also at 6 p.m.

Tickets for both home games go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. by logging onto, calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Chargers Ticket Office located at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium. Chargers season tickets for the 2010 season also are on sale. They can be purchased by calling (877 ) CHARGERS, visiting or stopping by the Chargers’ ticket office, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

San Diego’s high-powered offense will be put to the test by a Bears defense and six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher. The game also will renew the rivalry between quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler and mark Cutler’s first game against the Chargers since being traded to Chicago in 2009. The Chargers roster features several former Bears, including recently signed cornerback Nathan Vasher, and several of San Diego’s coaches, including Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera, also spent time in the “Windy City” as members of Bears’ coach Lovie Smith’s staff. This will be the Bears’ first visit to San Diego for a preseason game since 1982.

Former Chargers Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips leads quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys into Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 21. These two teams met late last season at the Cowboys’ new home in Arlington, Texas and the Chargers prevailed in a defensive struggle, 20-17. The Cowboys’ high-powered offense features Romo along with running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones, and receivers Miles Austin and Roy Williams. Dallas’ roster also lists one of the league’s top outside linebackers in NFL sack-leader DeMarcus Ware. This will mark the second time in three years that the Cowboys will play a preseason game in San Diego.

The Chargers are on the road in Preseason Week 3 when they are featured in a nationally-televised game on CBS against the reigning Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. It’s a special Friday night telecast on Aug. 27 with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PDT. These two teams are extremely familiar with one-another as the Saints are led by former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees and running back Reggie Bush, an alum of Helix High School and the University of Southern California. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton also has San Diego ties, having started his coaching career at San Diego State in 1988.

The Chargers will conclude the NFL Preseason slate against one of their oldest preseason rivals, traveling to San Francisco to meet the 49ers at Candlestick Park on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The Chargers and 49ers have met every year in the preseason since 1987 and a total of 37 times dating back to 1968. The Chargers hold a slight 19-18 edge in the series. The 49ers are one of the NFL’s up-and-coming teams, led by Head Coach and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary and quarterback Alex Smith, a former Heisman Trophy finalist and prep teammate of Bush’s at La Mesa’s Helix High.