Ex-Mayor Bob Filner may have come closer to a deal with the Chargers than any other city executive.
The Chargers have talked about their interest in a downtown stadium for years. But current Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a task force he assembled to make stadium recommendations decided a new Mission Valley stadium was the best option.
Filner, who was forced from office in August 2013, said in an exclusive interview with Voice of San Diego that he was on board with the Chargers’ wishes.
“I was the one who agreed to their basic framework, which was a downtown, not just a football stadium, but essentially a sports arena and a stadium where you can have basketball games and hockey games,” Filner said. “I thought that was the best way to go.”