Chargers' New Stadium Proposal: Latest News and Rumors on Potential Deal

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del 25 de octubre de 2015, se aprecia una panorámica del Qualcomm Stadium de San Diego, durante un partido entre los Chargers y los Raiders de Oakland. El viernes 29 de enero de 2016, el presidente de los Chargers, Dean Spanos, dijo que el equipo seguirá jugando en San Diego durante toda la campaña de 2016 (AP Foto/Gregory Bull, File)
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The San Diego Chargers' future in the city remains uncertain, and citizens have taken action to show their support for the NFL franchise in its quest for a new stadium.

Continue for updates.

Chargers Release Statement on 'Ballot Measure C' 

Thursday, Aug. 18

The Chargers released a statement on Thursday, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk:

On November 8, citizens of San Diego will have the opportunity to "Vote Yes on C" which is aimed at providing a world-class events center that would revitalize East Village downtown with expanded convention facilities and a modern, multi-use stadium. A yes vote on C will allow for the creation of a new facility that could host world-class events and conventions such as Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, NCAA title games, professional soccer, concerts, the X Games and a host of other high-profile events.  And no general funds will be used to build this new venue as it will be paid for by the Chargers and the NFL as well as tourists and business travelers staying in San Diego hotels. 

Proposed Downtown Stadium Image Revealed

Saturday, July 30

An overview image of what the Chargers' downtown stadium would look like after being built was shared by Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Comic-Con Convention a Potential Road Block For Downtown Stadium

Tuesday, July 26

The Chargers' downtown stadium proposal would include a new convention center for the city, which is where the popular Comic-Con comic book convention is held annually.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported on why the people in charge of Comic-Con are against a new downtown stadium and why that could have a major impact on the vote:

Chargers' Stadium Initiative Approved for Ballot

Saturday, July 9

Cole reported the Chargers' initiative for their new stadium was approved to be on the November election ballot.

On July 6, Cole, citing a poll from Competitive Edge Research, reported that the downtown stadium vote "probably won't pass...even at 50 percent threshold." Cole added that "assuming that poll is accurate, [the] Chargers are left having to consider Mission Valley (which they don't like), Inglewood or alternate sites."

Chargers Could Still Land in LA If Vote Fails

Tuesday, July 5

Cole shared the latest he's hearing regarding the stadium vote in San Diego and how it pertains to the franchise's future:

Supreme Court Ruling Alters Two-Thirds Voting Process

Thursday, June 30

The San Diego Union-Tribune's David Garrick noted that "the state Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily blocked a March lower court ruling that said tax increases like the Chargers stadium initiative need approval from a simple majority instead of two-thirds of voters." Garrick continued:

The decision to review the appellate court ruling, which could lead to overturning it, will have an impact across the state. There has been uncertainty since the spring about whether tax increases by citizens initiative might be subject to the lower approval threshold going forward.

While the decision to review the previous ruling doesn't necessarily mean it will get overturned, it's a blow to the Chargers initiative and any similar tax increases on the November ballot because of timing.

When the state Supreme Court decides to review a case, it typically takes many months — if not years — for a ruling to come.

Garrick added:

The team needs nearly 67,000 valid signatures from registered city voters to qualify for the November ballot.

The Chargers initiative asks voters to raise the tax on hotel stays to 16.5 percent from 12.5 percent so that a city-controlled entity could sell bonds to help finance the $1.8 billion project. The team has said it would provide $650 million, with $300 million coming from the NFL and $350 million from Chargers ownership, stadium-only sponsorship deals and personal seat licenses.

Petition Sent to City Clerk

Friday, June 10

Per a release from the Chargers' official website, the Committee for Sports, Entertainment and Tourism sent "83 boxes containing 110,786 signatures" to San Diego city clerk Elizabeth Maland.

Chargers President Dean Spanos expressed his gratitude for the people in San Diego who signed the petition in a statement included in the release:

On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers organization, we want to thank every registered San Diego City voter who signed the petition. We also want to thank representatives of organized labor – and particularly the unions of the Building Trades Council – for their significant help and support during this process. And we are grateful for the volunteer signature gathering work coordinated by the fan groups, including Save Our Bolts and the San Diego Stadium Coalition. The fan groups did a great job, as did the hundreds of other people who contacted us and volunteered to gather signatures.

Spanos went on to say that collecting so many signatures in just a six-week time frame speaks to the "tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”

Dan McLellan of BoltBlitz.com noted the Chargers received more signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot during the election in November than current San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer received votes (108,653) to win re-election.

In April, per San Diego's Fox 5, the Chargers hosted a signature drive to qualify for the stadium ballot, and they would need "around 67,000 valid signatures to qualify an initiative for the November general election ballot..."

The Chargers and the NFL have committed to paying a combined $650 million to build the proposed $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, with the team proposing the city of San Diego raise the transient occupancy tax to 16.5 percent in order to fund the remaining $1.15 billion.

The next step in the process is verifying the signatures are legitimate, with the release noting Chargers ownership will continue to work with elected officials and leaders to round up support for the project.

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