The San Diego Chargers play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967. Qualcomm is damaged and renovations are not an option, so the team needs a new stadium to stay in San Diego. The latest plan to have a stadium built in San Diego would cost about $700 million.
According to Mike Florio of profootballtalk.nbcsports.com, Chargers chief marketing officer Ken Derrett said, “Where will all of the money come from? I mean, we’ve all seen what has gone on with the discussion and the debate around the Convention Center project, and I think many other cities in North America have found ways to work with the tourism authorities on some kind of a tax [on hotels or car rentals].”
Derrett continued by saying, “We’re not there yet, I think we’ve got to see how things unfold in these next six months.”
One of the many reasons why San Diego’s organization wants a new stadium built along with keeping the team in San Diego is to host another Super Bowl, which is unlikely without a more modern venue.
There have been proposed deals for a stadium to be built in Oceanside, Chula Vista, National City and downtown San Diego, but none of these proposals have resulted in an approved deal.
The city of Los Angeles wants a franchise again, as former Los Angeles Lakers all-time great Magic Johnson endorsed a potential deal to move a team to downtown Los Angeles.
According to Chargers team president Dean Spanos, San Diego’s front office is committed to keeping the team in San Diego beyond the 2013 NFL season.
This situation is a hot topic, but the Chargers’ front office is trying to keep the team in San Diego because the upcoming season will be their 53rd out of 54 seasons there.