On November 8, 2016, San Diego voters said they would not build the San Diego Chargers football team a new downtown stadium. Just seven days later, Mayor Kevin Faulconer sat down with team officials, including owner Dean Spanos, to discuss what the team might do now. Neither party would make any comments after the meeting concluded. If you plan on staying in a Little Italy hotel after the new year, you will learn what the Chargers plan to do next.
The Chargers have several options open to them. Spanos says that he will not make a public statement until after the regular season concludes when the Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs on New Year’s Day. He also says that team officials are weighing each option very carefully.
Continue at Qualcomm
The Chargers have several seasons remaining on their contract with Qualcomm Stadium. They aren’t in any hurry to make a final decision if they do not want to make one. Although Qualcomm is an older stadium, playing there has been a good deal for the Chargers. Instead of paying rent as their contact with the city entails, thanks to the ADA settlement money in 2013, the city actually ended up paying the team $3.3 million dollars.
Move to Los Angeles
Another option that the Chargers will want to weigh is moving to Los Angeles. While NFL owners have already voted to OK this action if the team chooses, Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that he strongly favors the Chargers staying in the San Diego market. Moving to Los Angeles is a viable option because the team could share the new football stadium that is already being constructed there.
Finance Private Stadium
Now that voters have refused to help build a new stadium for the Chargers in downtown San Diego, Spanos could choose to finance a new stadium privately. In the past, he has said that if he has to pay for a new stadium it will not be in Mission Valley. He has, however, left open the possibility of building it elsewhere in the San Diego region.
The NFL owners must approve any move made by the team. There are several cities that have publically said that they would like to have a team including Louisville, Kentucky, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The most likely city, however, would be San Antonio, Texas.
If you’ll be in town before 2017, be sure to catch a Chargers game. Just remember to make your reservation at Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego so you won’t be far from the game. Our budget-friendly hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms, convenient amenities and 24/7 customer service to help you feel at home. Call 619-232-6391 today or go online to book your stay with us.