Thousands show up for Chargers FanFest at Qualcomm Stadium

Chargers practiced in front of crowds

SAN DIEGO - Thousands of Chargers fans got a look at their team just a few days before the Bolts' first preseason game

For the first time this year, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led the team onto the football field as crowds of thousands at this year's FanFest packed the stadium with jerseys, signs and for some, full-on face paint to welcome the Bolts.

SLIDESHOW: Chargers FanFest 2014

For many fans, it was a chance to cheer on their veteran favorites, check out the rookies and see how well those who were injured last year are doing.

Fan Sammy Lopez said, "It's wonderful. I mean, everyone's going for the Chargers, you know what I mean, supporting us and supporting the Chargers. I'll keep on doing it every year."

It was also a way to get fans excited a few days away from the Chargers' first preseason game versus the Dallas Cowboys.

But this was not just for the fans. For the players, this was the first time they have been back to Qualcomm Stadium since they beat the Kansas City Chiefs there, getting them into the playoffs.

Fan Taylor Dutro added, "It's way more personal. You feel like you get to see the players behind the scenes, and it just makes you a bigger Chargers fan."

With each pass that was thrown and each play that was run, excitement could be heard building up in the stands as the Chargers and their fans got ready for the season.

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