Doug Manchester made the biggest splash in his short tenure as publisher of U-T San Diego when the newspaper published a front-page, full-color editorial in January promoting a new Chargers stadium as part of a waterfront mega development at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal downtown.
Promoting the project, the editorial said, would become the newspaper’s No. 1 priority. Since then, the paper and the Unified Port of San Diego, which controls the terminal, have entered into the equivalent of open warfare.
But on Thursday morning, Manchester said he believed the Chargers had a better option for their stadium than his “priority No. 1.” The team, he said at a breakfast Q-and-A session at San Diego State University, could keep playing in Mission Valley at a stadium that could be refurbished at a fraction of the cost.