Less professional football means more money for the city of San Diego, the city’s stadium manager said earlier this month.
Should the labor dispute between NFL owners and players postpone or cancel any of the upcoming football season, the city actually will save money. The city currently loses money in hosting Chargers games at Qualcomm Stadium, despite the team’s rent and any concession or parking revenues. Stadium Manager Mike McSweeney said at a stadium advisory board meeting earlier this month that the city would “lose less” in the event of a lockout.
McSweeney’s answer resolves a question that has been lingering since the NFL lockout began. The city owns the stadium and must pay for operations and maintenance of the stadium for its events including Chargers games. McSweeney added that the city has additional costs on game days, such as heightened police staffing. The city’s contract with the Chargers doesn’t recoup those costs so its bottom line is better off without the games, McSweeney said.