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San Diego Explained: The Chargers’ Play for Downtown

This week, the San Diego Chargers announced their support for a plan that would put a new stadium downtown, not in Mission Valley [1].

The team is backing the Citizens Plan [2], an existing proposal that would, among other things, raise the hotel tax slightly and make it possible to build a new stadium and an expanded convention center downtown.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is against that idea. He’s said the plan is unrealistic. Plus, he recently pledged that he’d be working on a plan for a different kind of convention center expansion.

Both of the conflicting initiatives could end up in front of voters on the June ballot.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia break down the Chargers’ big decision and talk about what comes next.