Among local politicians, opposition has swelled for the San Diego Chargers’ citizen’s initiative for a multi-purpose stadium to be built in the East Village section of Downtown. It’s difficult to find any candidate that will publicly support the project, leading many to believe that the team is facing impossible odds and might start once again looking at alternative stadium locations in the county, starting with the current site for Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
On Friday, Chargers owner Dean Spanos sent a letter to Donna Frye, a former San Diego city council member from the Mission Valley area. In the letter, a copy of which PFT has obtained, Spanos says that there will be not “pivoting” back to the Mission Valley site.
“We want to be as clear as we can possibly be about this issue,” Spanos writes. “We did not choose downtown over Mission Valley casually. Downtown is a plan that can work for the community and our fans. We have tried to make it clear that Mission Valley will not work for the NFL or for the community. The Mayor asked us to make a choice. We made the rational business choice, and the rational choice for the community-at-large. That choice is downtown. Mission Valley is not an option for us, now or in the future.”
Rumor has is that the Chargers are very close to accounting for all of the signatures necessary to get their citizen’s initiative on the ballot in November, but it sounds like that vote will be San Diego’s last chance to retain the Chargers.