According to an article on nfl.com, Chargers President and CEO Dean Spanos said “I’ve said this the last 10 years. The Chargers belong in San Diego. That’s where we want to be. We’re going to continue to try to get something done in San Diego. Obviously we know what’s going on up in L.A., but we have never used L.A. as leverage against the city of San Diego. I won’t do that.”
One of the reasons why San Diego needs a new stadium is due to the NFL’s desire to host Super Bowls in more modern stadiums. San Diego has not hosted a Super Bowl since the 2002 season when the Oakland Raiders were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Spanos has a relationship with Texas governor Rick Perry, so there were rumors that the Lighting Bolts could relocate to San Antonio and play in the Alamodome which opened in 1993. The San Antonio Spurs called this arena their home from 1993-2002 and it can fit up to 72,000 fans for a football game.
The city of L.A. desperately wants an NFL franchise, but this will be the Chargers’ 53rd season in San Diego so it makes sense for them to stay there. There have been multiple proposed deals that were rejected when attempts were made to have a new stadium built in San Diego.
It sounds like Spanos is committed to keeping his father’s franchise in San Diego, but it will be interesting to see if he and Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani are able to get a proposed deal approved.