Jul 5, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of Qualcomm Stadium before the friendly match between Guatemala and the United States. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Mayor Scandal Potentially Puts Chargers Stadium Battle on Hold


It is no secret that California’s NFL teams have some of the oldest stadiums in the NFL. It is also no secret that after the 49ers received their new stadium, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers feel that they are next in line to get new and improved digs. They also want some municipal support in doing so.

For San Diego, that municipal money may not be able to be approved for awhile.

With Bob Filner apologizing for years of disrespecting and intimidating women but refusing to step down, the time isn’t right for the local NFL team to close a deal on a new home. In fact it might be a long time as they wait to get this issue resolved before even beginning to start a new mayoral election and working on ironing out the details involving the Chargers stadium proposal.

“It’s not unique,” special counsel Mark Fabiani told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.  “We’ve seen it before.  We just have to hope that it comes and it goes and things return to some state of normalcy because you can’t get anything done in a chaotic situation like this.  That’s for sure.”

Fabiani added regarding the controversy’s potential impact on the stadium effort, “There’s no way it’s good.”

The Chargers want a whopping $700 million in municipal funds for their new stadium. In contrast owner Mark Davis wants just $500 million in funds from the City of Oakland to build his modest 50, 000 seat stadium in the Bay. With $700, 000 in funding on the line and San Diego itching to get out of Qualcomm Stadium it looks like the Chargers will have to be patient as municipal scandal now threatens to postpone things getting done between the team and the City of San Diego.

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  • Bill Nichols

    Flipping idiots I tell you. New stadium in San Diego would mean big bucks for the local economy. Duh!

  • 1961 Fan

    A new stadium would mean Personal Seat Licenses and a hell of a lot more in ticket prices. Go ask the fans in Dallas or in San Francisco. If you are having a problem in funding a live game at Qualcomm now, just wait! But don’t turn your hat around just yet, you see there are no “shovel ready” stadiums at this point. The AEG group has pulled out of the Staples center project and the Chargers have been working on this “new stadium” project for well over ten years and has considered several locations.The closest project is the Ed Roskie/Majestic Realty group in the City of Industry. They have completed all the permitting and environmental issues and only need a commitment by an NFL team with the approval to move by the NFL itself. With the City of San Diego sitting on a 2 billion dollar pension shortfall, coupled with breaking water pipes and “car eating” pot holes don’t expect the citizens of San Diego to approve any amount for a new stadium.I still believe that Dean Spanos is committed to keep the team in San Diego.

  • Raider Grant

    F the chargers & Go Raiderrrrs !

  • 1961 Fan

    Dear Raider Grant
    We have the holding cell repainted at Qualcomm just for when you travel to San Diego on December 22 to watch our Bolts give the Raiders a spanking for Christmas.

  • Raider Grant

    Dear 1961 Fan
    The possibility of myself ever being put in a holding cell is the same possibility the chargers have of winning a Lombardi Trophy…….Never going to happen, especially in your lifetime! Go Raiderrrrrs!!!!!

  • arnie

    Hold? It was never moving. The mayor of San Diego hasn’t done anything, that I’ve seen, to get even talks started.

  • arnie

    There are no football fans in The city council. They keep using “the bottom line” as an excuse not to do anything. Instead, they’d rather use $3 billion ( or is $33billion), the city doesn’t have to expand the convention center. And 10 of millions more for the new library.
    It’s not a matter if something can be done. It’s a matter of WANTING to get something done. And right now, the city doesn’t. Maybe we need new leadership, to get things started.