The San Diego Chargers will stay in San Diego for at least one more season.
The team chose not to opt out of their lease at Qualcomm Stadium, and will play there in 2013. The team also will not file an application with the NFL to relocate to Los Angeles this year.
This is good news for Chargers fans in the San Diego region, but the issue is far from over. The team will revisit the decision in 2014, and every year through 2020. The Chargers can relocate their franchise at the end of each season without legal retribution, as long as they pay off bonds agreed upon in their current lease.
Staying in San Diego is still the organization’s top priority.
“For more than a decade the Chargers have done everything possible to find a stadium solution in San Diego, and we are going to continue to work hard in 2013 with the new mayor and city council,” Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said.
Fans have grown weary of the underachieving football team, and aren’t willing to shell out hundreds on game tickets.
Lost revenue from empty seats and TV blackouts has made it even more difficult for the organization to come up with the funds for a new downtown stadium in San Diego. A move to the proposed Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles will grow increasingly tempting for the Spanos family unless serious progress is made in the new stadium project.
However, winning cures everything. If Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy can help revitalize the Chargers, the team’s fan base will get excited again and return to their seats at Qualcomm.