There had been talk of the Lightning Bolts relocating to Los Angeles or San Antonio due to failed attempts to get a new stadium built in San Diego. San Diego, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams played in Los Angeles before relocating after the 1960 and 1994 seasons.
According to Jay Paris of utsandiego.com, Mark Fabiani said “The project still has a long way to go including potentially several years of legal appeals all the way to the California Supreme Court and the entire Coastal Commission Process, which hasn’t even begun.” Fabiani is leading the search to find a new stadium.
Fabiani continued by saying “Securing voter approval for a multi-use facility outside of the coastal zone but next to Petco Park and the Convention Center remains a much better solution.”
San Diego’s front office also wants a new stadium to host the Super Bowl which Qualcomm has done three times. The NFL wants Super Bowls held in more modern stadiums, which eliminates San Diego for now.
The Chargers will play in San Diego for the 2013 season because the deadline has passed for any NFL team to relocate to Los Angeles or any other city. There is a proposed deal to relocate the Chargers with a stadium next to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, which could happen.
Chargers President Dean Spanos helped lead fundraising efforts for Texas Governor Rick Perry, which led to speculation that the Lighting Bolts could relocate to San Antonio. There would already be a more modern stadium in place for the Chargers there because the Alamodome opened in 1993, and was home to the San Antonio Spurs before they moved into the AT&T Center.
The team’s future in San Diego is an issue that will be a hot topic until a long term commitment is made.