Ron Roberts: “I don’t see how we (the city) are involved in the stadium anymore”

County Supervisor Ron Roberts joined Scott and BR to talk about the Chargers choosing downtown as their preferred site instead of Mission Valley, his thoughts on how the Chargers could pay their own way to a downtown stadium and why he doesn’t like the increased hotel tax.



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4 thoughts on “Ron Roberts: “I don’t see how we (the city) are involved in the stadium anymore”

  1. diegueno

    That’s the way it works in politics: you just can’t do cartwheels or jump up in the air and click your heels when you get a gift like this. The rest of us, who don’t have to worry about public perceptions – particularly of those who will vote but actively not know / accept that the NFL could pay for each and every one of their stadia and have obscene profits left over at the end of the season – would do that. It must be a relief to be able to more plausibly claim that you had even less with the Chargers picking up and becoming Stan Kroenke’s roomates in Inglewood.
    I’m sure that Roberts, Faulconer and Goldsmith are celebrating and will be celebrating, but they’ll be doing it behind closed doors.

  2. DonWood

    When all the new apartments and condo towers fill up with people downtown, all those people will need a sports facility, and most of them will be Chargers fans. Why make all those people get in cars and drive to Mission Valley, when building a joint use facility downtown would let them walk to Chargers games? If downtown is going to become the residential center of the region, why wouldn’t the Chargers want to be playing there?

  3. Jelula

    Don – what is the basis of your assumption that “most… will be Chargers fans”? In any case, the total living downtown who would walk to a stadium would be small relative to the number of people who would come into downtown to a Chargers game.

  4. DonWood

    Most of the condo towers downtown are selling units that start at $1 million.
    These are people who can afford seat licenses and will be looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons when they’re in town and not jet setting off to their other homes. While some will be from out of town, others are former residents of places like Rancho Santa Fe who decided to join the downtown crowd and are already Charger fans. The new stadium would hold about 70,000 fans, and with the population of downtown expected to skyrocket, I see no reason many of the game day fans will live downtown. Other fans can come downtown on the trolley, as they do now to get to the Qualcomm stadium.

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