Thousands expected for Chargers FanFest

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SAN DIEGO -- Thousands are expected to turn out when the San Diego Chargers kick off their 2014 campaign with their annual FanFest event at Qualcomm Stadium Saturday.

The full–pads practice will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon and feature the Chargers’ new acquisitions, including corners Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers.

Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 9:45 a.m. Along with watching the practice, fans will be able to get autographs from Charger legends Hank Bauer, Rolf Benirschke, Willie Buchanon, John Carney, Luis Castillo, Burt Grossman, Mark Seay, Billy Shields, Billy Ray Smith and Doug Wilkerson.

Fans can get temporary tattoos as well as get their faces painted. Concession hot dogs will be only $2 each.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are continuing to hold open practices at Chargers Park, the team’s training facility, located at 4020 Murphy Canyon Rd. in Kearny Mesa. The schedule is as follows:

-- July 31 (9:20-11:30 a.m.)
-- Aug. 4 (2:50-5 p.m.)
-- Aug. 9 (9:20-11:30 a.m.)
-- Aug. 11 (2:50-5 p.m.)
-- Aug. 12 (9:20-11:30 a.m.)

The Chargers opened training camp on July 24 amid heavy optimism following the team’s surprise postseason berth last year.

Under rookie coach Mike McCoy, the Chargers opened the 2013 season 5-7 before winning their final four games to sneak into the playoffs. They shocked the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card round before falling to the Denver Broncos in the divisional playoffs.

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