San Diego Chargers push for a downtown stadium

A proposed football stadium and convention center expansion for downtown San Diego

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

We have spent the last month evaluating the leading San Diego stadium sites and financing proposals. During that time, led by Chargers Special Advisor Fred Maas, we have engaged in regular discussions with Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Roberts, City Attorney Goldsmith, and City and County negotiators. And we have carefully evaluated the arguments made by the Mayor and others regarding the merits of the Mission Valley site. We agree that, in many respects, the arguments for Mission Valley are compelling.

At the same time, we have considered the potential benefits to both the greater San Diego region and the Chargers of a multi-use stadium/convention center facility downtown. The multi-use facility, when combined with Petco Park, the existing Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, and a revitalized East Village, would create an unparalleled entertainment and sports district that will host Super Bowls and will ideally be a permanent home for Comic-Con and a Comic-Con museum. All of our research demonstrates that voters are more likely to approve a multi-use facility that would generate economic activity on hundreds of days per year, including by attracting major sporting and convention events that San Diego cannot now host. The downtown multi-use facility would also free up the existing Mission Valley site for potential use by educational institutions such as San Diego State and UCSD, as well as for a large riverfront park.

For these reasons, the Chargers will begin collaborating immediately with the existing diverse citizens’ coalition led by Donna Frye and JMI Realty that has already been formed in favor of a downtown convention center expansion and educational and recreational uses in Mission Valley. Our goal is to win voter approval in November 2016 for a downtown multi-use stadium/convention center facility and to facilitate the best possible community uses for the existing Mission Valley site. We will deliver regular reports to our fans and to the community about the progress we are making.

We believe that a downtown multi-use facility will attract broad support from throughout our entire community. And we hope that, as our downtown proposal is developed and as the campaign for passage begins, those who have supported the Mission Valley site will keep an open mind and consider supporting what we believe is the best way to secure a permanent home for the Chargers in San Diego.

We are very grateful for all of the hard work that Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Roberts and City Attorney Goldsmith have done on behalf of the City and County over the past few weeks and look forward to maintaining a dialogue as our plans move forward.

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5 thoughts on “San Diego Chargers push for a downtown stadium

  1. prowzee68

    That’s good , now we can let the Tourist pay the 350 million that the San Diego tax payers don’t want to pay.

  2. maineblackbears12

    The problem is it is going to be a huge tax hike and possibly multiple tax hikes for this which will require a 2/3 vote don’t see 2/3 of folks supporting it Dean Spanos is not well liked.
    I also don’t think taxpayers will want to pay to move everyone out of there including the bus yard either when San Diego has serious debts that will possibly impact their bond ratings soon.
    Ron Roberts said you already have talk of folks in that area ready to sue with lawsuits a plenty coming they don’t want to support a Billionaire NFL owner who can either build it on his own or move to the LA area.
    Instead folks want to spend their money on rebuilding the city instead.
    With the roads , water & sewer systems are in terrible shape folks want them fixed they don’t want to spend billions in tax hikes and other giveaways to a football team and it’s owner not wanting to be there.
    Let them go to LA let things cool off for a short period then bring in the Raiders who want a cheaper stadium similar to a SOLDIER FIELD type renovation of Qualcomm and bring in a better team that is younger and on the rise that will be a serious contender if and when they come to San Diego.

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