The Chargers Are Staying! But Another Deadline Is Approaching
In his State of the City Speech, the mayor said he was putting a Convention Center plan on the ballot. If he aims for the June ballot and wins, it would kill a downtown stadium idea the Chargers have floated before. If he does not, the mayor will likely have to wait until 2018 to follow through on the pledge made just a couple weeks ago.
The Chargers have decided not to move to Los Angeles this year. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has said repeatedly he is open to any option the Chargers may want to pursue to build a stadium and stay in San Diego.
But that might not be true for much longer.
The mayor also wants to expand the Convention Center on its current footprint, and a new deadline to do that is fast approaching. If he and the City Council push it forward, it would close off a downtown option the Chargers previously floated and that some fans and boosters say is still the team’s preferred plan.
In his recent State of the City speech, Faulconer made a bold pledge about pursuing a Convention Center expansion along the waterfront that slipped under the radar a bit.