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Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:26 am
 
Farmers FieldPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It seems relatively clear that if a new team winds up in Los Angeles to play at the new downtown complex that will include Farmers Field, it very well could be the San Diego Chargers.

When I talked to legendary San Diego Union-Tribune scribe Jerry Magee recently, he said the city was worried, and aside from perhaps the Vikings, the Chargers returning home to their original city (the Chargers were established in L.A. in 1960) seemed like a pretty good bet.

But according to ESPN.com, the move not be that easy -- or that close to actually happening. Chargers special council Mark Fabiani said the team would not consider a move to a temporary spot in a new city if that city also wasn’t in the process of building a permanent new stadium. He’s not sure Farmers Field qualifies.

"I think the downtown L.A. project is years away," Fabiani told ESPN.com. "I think it would be a miracle like the loaves and the fishes if they could [break ground next year]."

New Stadium in L.A.?
AEG president Tim Leiweke has previously said he would like to break ground on the new stadium by next June and open it by September 2016. Meanwhile the city of San Diego is trying to build a new Chargers home of its own, a retractable stadium downtown.

The problem(s) with that scenario: how to finance the project in San Diego, and could the city’s voters get behind a new project that likely would keep the Chargers in town? That obviously is not an issue with AEG and L.A., which has plenty of money and support (if not from football fans in L.A., it’s got tons of it from the league office). And Fabiani is not clueless about the potential fallout of that equation. If a new stadium isn’t built, Fabiani knows there might not be much hope of keeping the Chargers in San Diego.

"I think if we didn't make the ballot in 2012 we would have to seriously look at our other options," he said. "I don't think there's any way to avoid saying that to people."

Which ultimately shouldn’t make the people of San Diego feel any better. Because even if the Chargers aren’t in danger of leaving San Diego within the next year, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen eventually.

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Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:44 am
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

Sorry "Dingle", you still don't get the jist. I was saying ""Think Ahead", get most options to benefit community. i.e. the more usage, the more revenue generated hopefully.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

Yeah, we wouldn't want to have a concert under beautiful blue skies and crisp clear nighttime skies, would we? And how many concert venues would it take to payback the cost of the roof?



Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:36 am
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

So you and Crunchberries think it is better to NOT think ahead?

It makes sense for you guys to build just for usage of 8 days (Chargers Home Games) usages?

Say they do figure in an retractable roof, then they have OPTIONS to RENT for other venues as some others stated also.

See where the Mayor has traveled to Indy, KC and Denver to view their stadiums and options they PLANNED AHEAD for?

If they are to build new statium here (which I hope), then AT LEAST try and THINK AHEAD (OUTSIDE THE BOX), and hope that same stadium is utilized more than just 8 days a year. A roof helps assure that option.

Just my 2 cents...........



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:45 am
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

GO RAIDERS!!!




Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

    "Crunchberries is right- a retractable roof in San Diego (some of the most perfect weather in the U.S.) is indeed ridiculous."



And the high cost of adding a retractable roof to a stadium, in a city where it`s not really needed.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Chargers won't move if new stadium isn't in works

Understand the concerns of money being tight and fear of a tax to pay for the stadium, but Qualcomm is horrible.  It was bad for Padres games and it is just as bad for Chargers games.  In the late 60's and 70's it may have been a great stadium.  With today's advances in stadium design, the Murph has become a relic.  When you pay $100 bucks a ticket to sit in the 12th row, you want to feel like you are in the game, hear and feel the hits, be a part of things.  Too bad the 12th row of Qualcomm puts you over 100 feet away from the nearest sideline.  Being a multi-purpose field ultimately means it isn't great for any specific event, it just has room for every type.  The Chargers need to stay in San Diego, that's where they belong.  One year in LA as a member of the AFL does not make LA their home.  Not to mention the fact that LA has had several chances to host a team and failed each time.  That being said, the Chargers should get a new stadium, hopefully the city of San Diego figures something out.  A downtown venue to match PetCo would be amazing, but a new stadium anywhere in San Diego would guarantee the Chargers remain there for years to come.


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