For nearly two years, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the Chargers have zeroed in on downtown for a new football stadium. Then hurdle after hurdle got in the way of creating a financing plan for the $800 million project.
Those hurdles have gone away, but left their mark. The result: a planned football stadium that appears no closer to becoming a real football stadium than when talks first began.
“The environment has gotten more defined than it was a couple years ago and it’s hundreds of millions of dollars worse,” said Fred Maas, a developer and former head of the city’s downtown redevelopment agency who is advising Sanders on the stadium project.