The Chargers will spend at least another year in San Diego.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced Friday afternoon that the team remain here for the 2016 season and, he hopes, over the long haul with a new stadium.
“We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego,” Spanos wrote in a letter to Chargers fans. “This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve.”
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron Roberts quickly responded with a statement.
But there’s a bit of a ticking clock they aren’t mentioning, Scott Lewis writes.
The Chargers have long eyed a downtown stadium and Faulconer recently said he’d be open to any option the NFL team might want to pursue.
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Spanos had no choice but to stay here. They NFL told him to go back and try and work things out in San Diego and now Faulkner took the bait for another year. It will just be another year of BS because Spanos doesn't want the Mission Valley location, he will say. You could offer Dean Spanos a new stadium on top of Mt Soledad and he would refuse. Please people, don't support a billionaire business for profit with tax payer money. This guy could care less about the people of San Diego.
@Andrew Slo --If the city/county don't raise the amount they are willing to "contribute" to a new stadium, Spanos won't care even if it is offered to be built downtown.
Oh good grief. This is just another step on the path to handing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Dean Spanos. If the people of this city cave in to this, we're going to continue to have the crime and crumbling infrastructure we so richly deserve.
Once again, with feeling: THE CHARGERS ARE A FOR-PROFIT, PROFIT-MAKING PRIVATE BUSINESS. THEY - AND THEIR OWNER, BILLIONAIRE SPANOS - DO NOT WARRANT SUBSIDIZING WITH TAXPAYER MONEY.