After flirting with the possibility of a move to Los Angeles this offseason, the San Diego Chargers are set to introduce a stadium plan that could keep them in San Diego for the foreseeable future.
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Goodell Speaks About Chargers' Future
Saturday, April 23
"The Chargers belong right here in San Diego," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the Chargers' signature gathering kickoff, per Marty Caswell of the The Mighty 1090.
When asked if he was disappointed that San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer did not attend, Goodell said, "The Mayor's going to make his own decisions. We all have to work together," per Caswell.
Chargers Reveal Images of Proposed New Stadium
Friday, April 22
San Diego Mayor Requests More Info on Downtown Stadium Proposal
Saturday, April 16
Eric Williams of ESPN provided details from a letter Faulconer sent to the Chargers:
Simply put, we must know these specifics in order to responsibly evaluate the impacts of this project and determine its true effects on San Diego’s economy and the city’s finances.This is essential to determining potential risk to the city’s operating budget arising from this initiative.
Chargers, San Diego Reportedly Disagree over Plan
Thursday, March 31
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported the Chargers and the city of San Diego are having disagreements over the proposed plan for stadium financing:
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Wednesday, the Chargers finalized a proposal Tuesday night for a $1.8 billion stadium-convention center in downtown San Diego, with $1 billion of that money set to be committed to a stadium that would likely open in 2022.
Per Acee, the plan calls for $650 million in funding from the Chargers and the NFL, with the other $350 million coming courtesy of a 4 percent hotel tax hike. It also includes a 30-year lease and non-relocation agreement, which would take L.A. out of the equation.
According to Matthew T. Hall of the San Diego Union-Tribune, there is strong public support for a new stadium during the infancy of the process:
Chargers Look to Upgrade from Outdated Stadium
The Bolts have played in San Diego since moving from Los Angeles in 1961, and they have played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967.
When regular-season play begins in 2016, Qualcomm will be the NFL's fifth-oldest stadium. The league has publicly expressed its support for owner Dean Spanos to get a new venue built in San Diego, as evidenced by this statement from Goodell in January, per Chargers.com:
We are very supportive of the decision by Dean Spanos to continue his efforts in San Diego and work with local leaders to develop a permanent stadium solution.
NFL ownership has committed $300 million to assist in the cost of building a new stadium in San Diego. I have pledged the league's full support in helping Dean to fulfill his goal.
While the new stadium plan is little more than a proposal at this point, the fact that the Chargers may soon be ready to present it is a positive step toward remaining in San Diego.
The possibility of a move to L.A. to join the Rams at some point appears to still be on the table, but it is clear that Chargers ownership remains committed to making things work in San Diego.
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