A few weeks ago the San Diego Chargers and the city of San Diego came to an agreement to keep the team in America’s Finest City. That however, has not stopped the team from desiring a new home.
According to a report from ESPN.com, the mayor of San Diego admitted that the city is confident that they will be able to get a new stadium. Said Kevin Faulconer, “I firmly believe that it’s incumbent for everyone to work together. My main priority is to be ensuring that any proposal that moves forward protects us here in San Diego.”
The report, filed by ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, stated, “The Chargers propose to build a $800 million to $900 million, football-only facility downtown and to the east of Petco Park – home of the San Diego Padres – that could seat as many as 70,000 for Super Bowls. Funding for the stadium would include contributions from the Spanos family and the NFL, along with selling and developing 166 acres of city-owned property that Qualcomm Sadium sits on, and another 100 acres of city-owned property that houses the San Diego Sports Arena, for the city’s contribution” (para 9, 10).
Should that be the case, it would be a humongous coo for both parties involved. The Chargers would be transported from Qualcomm Stadium, a venue that has showed its age recently and dropped into a brand new venue that could attract more fans to games. Additionally it could provide San Diego the ability to once again become a host for the Super Bowl. The last time they – or any city in California – hosted a Super Bowl was the year 2002.
We’ve seen that the San Francisco 49ers’ move out of Candlestick Park has granted the ability for the Bay Area to host a Super Bowl. So should the Chargers have a new stadium constructed, America’s Finest City could very well play host to the game’s greatest and largest event, and probably with relative ease at that.
For now, the city of San Diego and the Bolts will play the waiting game. As it stands, this proposal looks spectacular for all involved.