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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