Jul 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the Qualcomm Stadium exterior. The venue serves as the home facility for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL and San Diego State Aztecs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

A Possible New Stadium Plan For San Diego

New mayor of San Diego Bob Filner says that he is considering a proposal to build a stadium in downtown San Diego, per CBS 8. The proposal would include selling and redeveloping the land at Qualcomm and the Sports Arena and using the money to help pay for a new downtown stadium. Filner says that depending on the concept, taxpayers may not owe any money toward the stadium and that the city could make money on such a deal.

The recent Super Bowl brought in tons of tourism money to the city of New Orleans. Events like that help bring in a ton of dough for the host city. The city of San Diego is missing out on that revenue they could get from hosting such events in our beautiful city. Peter King, Sports Illustrated columnist, recently wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback article that San Diego is the best city to host the Super Bowl. The NFL won’t host the Super Bowl in San Diego in our run down stadium. They want to bring the Super Bowl to state of the art facilities.

Of course this is the latest possible plan that Chargers fans have heard of and we still have not seen any action. Until there is actual movement, instead of just consideration, then there is nothing to get excited about.

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  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I think for any plan to work, it’s going to have to be a plan that doesn’t rely on the taxpayers for anything. Seems like most of the people in San Diego are very resistant to financing a stadium for the Bolts.

    This sounds like a good plan. I could definitely see it working, and bringing the Super Bowl back to San Diego, especially if it cost the taxpayers nothing, or next to nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paure Patrick Aure

    Too bad that area is too saturated with strip malls and shopping centers already. I’m not sure who would buy the land…apartments? golf course?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I’m sure there is someone that could use it

  • JoseSD

    If they could figure out a way to get it done I could see a way that San Diego would host a Super Bowl every 3-4 years that alone could persuade taxpayers to pay at least a portion of the Stadium costs

    • DougM

      Exactly, Jose. I don’t see why people don’t get this. San Diego will make TONS of money off of Super Bowl hosting. And in that case, why shouldn’t the city subsidize some of it. It’s a business deal. Put some money in, get a lot back. People who say that we shouldn’t “subsidize billionaire owners” do not see the big picture. So, that person thinks that the billionaire owner should pay for everything and still let the city make hundreds of millions of dollars off of the Super Bowl? Get real.

      • JoseSD

        Im not sure but I think the SuperBowl brings the host city close to $350 million in revenue from the tourists alone and I recall in the CBA they started a billion dollar fund that would give over $300 million towards the costs of building a new stadium. San Diego’s climate is perfect for hosting the Super Bowl, they could host it 5-6 times in the first 20 years not to mention concerts and other events if it had a retractable roof, people just think of the initial costs they don’t think about how much revenue a new stadium would bring it would take a while but we would more than make back the taxpayers expense

  • Gary

    I’ve been saying this for years: the Qualcomm site and Sports Arena site will help offset the upfront costs. It’s simple business. We just need a team of creative thinkers to concept some sort of soft or retractable roof in order to host events year round. Super bowls, final fours, conventions, concerts, world cups, Olympics… The possibilities are endless. Please make this happen for the future of our city Mr. Filner!

  • 619chargers4life

    Some news is better then no news . Yay . Lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I thought the exact same thing

  • 1961 Fan

    Just like the Chargers performance on the field the past three years; all talk and NO substance. We have heard this over the past ten years. With the City of San Diego 2 Billion in arrears due the pension plan and the water mains breaking every day and thousands of “pot holes” to fill where is the money coming from – not the old Qualcomm site and or the Sports Arena sites have enough value to pay for a new one billion dollar downtown site.
    * Both Qualcomm and the Downtown sites have underground gasoline plume contamination to clean up.

  • Jose Martinez

    ‘Just Say No’ to corporate welfare. I bleed Charger blue and gold but I just can’t see spending public monies to subsidize billionaire owners. For 30 years I’ve been following the Chargers on TV, the radio, the papers, and now on the net. I can count on one hand the number of games I didn’t follow play by play in the last 15 years. I did see the Chargers play the Bengals at Qualcomm once. That is why I question who ‘really’ would reap the fruit of our public largesse.