The San Diego Chargers need a new stadium to stay in San Diego because Qualcomm Stadium opened in 1967 and it requires more than just renovations to keep the team in Southern California.
There had been rumors that San Diego could move back to Los Angeles a city that has not had a franchise since the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams left, but that will not happen in 2013. This is due to the fact that the deadline has passed for a team to relocate to L.A.
According to Jonathan Horn of utsandiego.com, “Chargers owner Dean Spanos helped lead fundraising efforts during the 2012 presidential campaign for Texas Governor Rick Perry.”
When asked about the possibility of the Chargers relocating to San Antonio, Perry was quoted as saying “You’d have to ask the Spanos family. Dean is a good friend and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you, come to Texas and we would love to have their athletic club there. But there’s a family whose been there forever. If it gets too difficult for them to be able to operate, that’s always an option, but again you’d have to ask them.”
San Diego is desperate for a new stadium to keep the team in California and to host another Super Bowl which has not happened since January 26, 2003 because NFL higher ups want the event held at more modern stadiums.
San Diego’s front office has had proposed deals rejected in attempts to get a new stadium, so it will be interesting to see how this story develops after the 2013 season is over.