Despite the NFL collective bargaining agreement negotiations, and the start of free agency, the New Chargers Stadium has once again emerged into the news, making headlines. Recently, three men have released countless pictures of their plan for the new stadium. The design is different, but was inspired by the Chargers logo, the lightning bolt. The stadium itself would look like a volcano with a modern twist. The surrounding area would include a park, amphitheater, and the rebuilding of two historical structures.
Also, earlier this week, mayor Jerry Sanders spoke the Chargers president on the new stadium, and how the multi-million dollar stadium would be paid for. With the election of Governor Jerry Brown, also comes the evaporation of redevelopment money in the city of San Diego.
As Brown's plans are becoming known, the city, along with the team, have looked into alternate funding towards the stadium in order to lower the cost for taxpayers. The G3 fund, which was set up by the NFL in order to give loans to cities building new stadiums, has run dry.
In the new CBA, the G3 fund is an important factor that the NFL would like to be discussed. If a small percentage is deducted from players' salaries, the G3 fund could once again be able to do its job.
However, redevelopment money should not be taken away by the city in order to bail out the state's mess. A stadium downtown, along with the amphitheater next to it, could pump millions into the San Diego economy. If the Chargers move, the economy would be devastated. Also, if they continue to play football in Qualcomm Stadium, the economy will not benefit as much as it would with a new stadium. The Qualcomm site on average loses 17 million dollars every year.
A new stadium in San Diego would not only benefit the redevelopment of the surrounding area, but the NFL would also grant the finest city in the US with many Super Bowls to come, bringing in millions of dollars to San Diego's economy.
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