Chargers Pitch New Downtown San Diego Stadium Plan, But Will Keep Eye On LA
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SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com) — Under the newly elected San Diego mayor, the Chargers have proposed an $800 to $900 million stadium plan in downtown San Diego, just east of Petco Park.
Kevin Faulconer, who will be sworn in March 3, said he will attempt to work in good faith to get a stadium deal for the Chargers inside the city as long as it doesn’t milk the taxpayers.
Although efforts of keeping the Chargers in San Diego are a top priority, Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the Chargers’ president, said they will keep a close eye on Los Angeles.
“We have always kept our focus in San Diego to try and get something done here,” Fabiani told ESPN.
“But at the same time, we have to be cognizant of the fact that if three-quarters of the owners were to allow a team to move to Los Angeles, it would devastate us economically,” he continued. “It would be catastrophic for the team financially if the league were to allow another team to go into the Los Angeles market and wipe out 30 percent of our premium sales.”
On Jan. 30, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke got Fabiani’s attention after he purchased a 60-acre lot in Inglewood, next to Hollywood Park, that is large enough to build a stadium.
There are already two other NFL stadium proposals in Los Angeles: Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles, next to Staples Center, and another in the City of Industry, led by LA Kings co-owner Ed Roski.
On Feb. 3, the Chargers announced they will not terminate their year-to-year lease with Qualcomm Stadium.
In 2013, only one Bolt game was blacked out due to the NFL’s TV sellout policy.