USAA, Panera Bread, Ashford University, KFMB-TV CBS 8, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House and Donovan’s Prime Seafood have signed on as supporters of Thursday night’s Salute to Service game between the San Diego Chargers and the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, guaranteeing the purchase of enough tickets to lift the local television blackout. USAA is the official game sponsor and the official military appreciation partner of the Chargers and the NFL.
The game will be aired in San Diego on KFMB-TV. It also will be seen nationally on the NFL Network. Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock will call the game from the booth, while Alex Flanagan reports from the sidelines.
Tickets purchased through this partnership will be donated to local military bases and military hospitals through the Armed Services YMCA in line with the NFL’s and the Chargers’ support for our country’s veterans and active-duty service men and women. Youngsters associated with San Diego Boys & Girls Clubs also will receive a chance to attend the game
“We’re excited by the reaction from our corporate partners to support our annual Salute to Service game,” said Chargers Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer A.G. Spanos. “Their support is making it possible for men and women from our local military bases to enjoy a great experience at the game Thursday night. Their actions are also making it possible for everyone at home to see the team play. We’re grateful for their support.”
The Chargers’ Salute to Service Game, presented by USAA, will feature special in-stadium recognition and tributes to service men and women. The Chargers’ players will wear special decals on their helmets saluting all five of the major military branches: Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. “Salute to Service” will be painted in the back of each end zone and in-stadium banners, goal-post wraps, end zone pylons, game gloves and game balls, among other opportunities will be themed for the night.
Prior to the game, special presentations will be made to Wounded Warriors as well as a presentation from the Chargers and USAA to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
In addition, the National Football League will donate $100 for every point scored at all 32 teams’ Salute to Service games to the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project. The total donation for the 32 games is expected to be between $400,000-$500,000.
Fans can also listen to the radio broadcast on Rock 105.3 and XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego, and KTLK 1150 AM in Los Angeles and Orange County with Josh Lewin and Hank Bauer calling the game and Mike Costa reporting from the field. The national broadcast will be on the Dial Global Radio Network with Ian Eagle and Trent Green calling the game and Scott Kaplan reporting from the field. KLAC AM 570 in Los Angeles and Orange County will carry the Dial Global feed. All Chargers games are also broadcast in Spanish on XHFG 107.3 FM in San Diego and KWKW 1330 AM in Los Angeles with Jorge Villanueva calling the play-by-play and Dante Lazcano offering game analysis.
Fans planning to attend Thursday night’s Chargers-Chiefs game are encouraged to arrive early and carpool or use public transportation, including the Trolley. The parking lot is expected to fill and be closed well before kickoff. Fans also are reminded to allow plenty of time to get into the stadium as long lines are likely due to enhanced screening procedures at the gates.
Fans attending the game on Thursday night are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food to help San Diegans in need during the holiday season. The food collected will help families in economic distress and help reinforce the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s dangerously-low food supply. The parking lot gates open at 1 p.m. and entrance gates open at 3:30 p.m.
Red bins will be positioned at all stadium entrances. The most needed items are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, soup and cereal. The fan who brings in the most food will receive a very special 50th Anniversary team signed football. Fans who cannot attend the game can still help by donating items in red bins located in supermarkets throughout the county.
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