STADIUM EFFORTS CONTINUE ON MANY FRONTS

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By Ed Barrena

August 11, 2015 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego has presented its stadium report to The San Diego Chargers, who reportedly are unimpressed with the new proposal, while at the same time, NFL owners are meeting to discuss a potential new stadium in Carson, according to Sports Illustrated.

San Diego’s $1.1 billion stadium proposal, of which up to 32% would be funded by San Diego County and City taxpayers, was met with skepticism from Chargers executives. Team spokesman Mark Fabiani said that public support for the plan would be “extraordinarily difficult” to procure. Fabiani has also expressed doubts that an Environmental Impact Report, released by the City this week, would hold up in court.

Meanwhile the City also leaked on Friday a report detailing the maintenance costs of the current stadium at the Qualcomm site, according to City News Service. The city lists the maintenance costs as between $259-$282 million annually, excluding any upgrades which would add to those costs.

Some city officials such as Councilmember Marti Emerald have expressed their own doubts that San Diego can afford to keep a football team in the long term future.  In an interview featured on KUSI news,

Emerald said that any funding devoted to a new stadium would take away from other areas that are more of a priority than football, such as fire stations.

View a gallery of images of the proposed stadium in San Diego: http://www.sandiego.gov/mayor/news/gallery/stadiumconcepts.shtml