Chargers, San Diego City Council Agree in Principal to Stadium Funding Plan


Somehow people are still falling for this and getting their knickers in a twist. Since I have had my fill of April Fool’s haters (and great deals of wholehearted chuckles) and this article as over 24 hours old, I will throw you guys a bone.

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The Chargers are closer than they have been since 1967 to playing in a new stadium in San Diego. I know. Just take a nice deep breath before letting out the biggest scream of your life. We don’t want anyone passing out from happiness here.

According to Mark Fabiani, the Chargers Special Counsel in charge of stadium research and opportunities since 2002, the Spanos family and Mayor Kevin Faulconer the City of San Diego general counsel have agreed in principal to a plan to a financing plan for a new Chargers stadium in downtown that will be placed on the November 2014 ballot. Fabiani spoke with reporters late last night after a deal was struck during intensified negotiations in preparation for the upcoming 2014 season.

“I am proud to share on the behalf of Dean Spanos, Alex Spanos, the San Diego Chargers, and the city of San Diego, that we have reached an agreement for the general financing plan of a new Chargers Stadium. I will allow the Chargers and Mayor Faulconer to elaborate on the details of the agreement, but I will say that the new stadium is to be located east of Petco Park and will be on the ballot by November. We’ve looked at every opportunity to finance a new stadium in San Diego for the better part the millennium, and are proud to ensure that the Chargers will remain the San Diego Super Chargers for the foreseeable future.” – Mark Fabiani

Woah. This news comes just a few days after Mayor Faulconer released this statement:

“When you look at the success that Petco Park has had in the community, the opportunity for a new stadium has to be an entire package that makes sense for San Diego. That’s my job as mayor.” – Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Way to go Mayor Faulconer. Not much is known about the deal at this point, but if they reached a basic agreement this early, it appears that the Spanos family must have ponied up some more cash to finance the estimated $800-$900 Million, 70,000 seat stadium project in downtown San Diego without any additional tax increases that the Mayor’s office would likely have rejected.

Todd Gloria, San Diego council president and representative of District 3 (east of Petco Park) recently raised concerns about a project to be built in District 3, although they were not unfounded.

“My sort of refrain has been where do you want to go? What it’s going to cost? And how are you going to pay for it?” – Todd Gloria

Mark Fabiani appears to have answered two of these questions. The stadium is likely some form of the proposed East Village Stadium in the cover photo, the district represented by Todd Gloria. The Chargers’ proposal is an estimated $800-$900 M, which makes sense given the Cowboys’ new stadium cost an estimated $1.15B.

But, the last and most important question has yet to be answered. What will the bill be for the Spanos family? the City of San Diego? the tax payers? I would assume that the plan is that either the Spanos’ are offering to finance a larger percentage of the stadium, the city plans to sell of existing stadium sites (such as Qualcomm or the Sports Arena), the increase to taxpayers is very, VERY minimal, or some combination of the three. Could the Chargers possibly have offered some sort of city revenue sharing ala the Green Bay Packers? I suppose we will see very soon.

The Spanos family is expected to address the media later this week to announce that the agreement is false and an April Fools joke by yours truly. I must admit that Mark Fabiani definitely did not say anything in that quote. I can’t wait to see when an agreement is reached and what the actual stadium will look like though. Can you?

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  • Julien Bélair

    Great news ! How long until we can expect the Chargers to play in it

    • Stefanie Smith

      Knowing about local government, it will be awhile. I am betting 2-3 years.

  • philiprules

    In the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli to Mr Hand…..”You dick!”

    • Conor Cahill

      wow i think i need to watch fast times later

    • Conor Cahill

      lol and i definitely did

  • Rob Lambeth

    Not cool.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Clapping.

  • thenorthparkgroup

    is this an April Fools joke…

    • Stefanie Smith

      I never even thought about that. I had to run around and tell everyone I already blabbed to at work–that this could be an April Fool’s false alarm. lol I fell for it big time.

      • Conor Cahill

        hahahahahah thats awesome (sorry :’( )

        • cybourg

          Not funny some of us really care you douse I hope you feel real safe walking to your car

          • Conor Cahill

            and so do i, if anything, this post gives the project more coverage and thought

          • cybourg

            U got our hopes I hope this does happen in the near future and keep chargers in SD where they belong

  • Stefanie Smith

    The thing that bugs me is the Spanos family and the Chargers are still wanting public money or some government help. There would be no need to put the deal before the voters unless they were asking for taxpayers to be on the hook for something.

    It better be good and I hope it passes. Uphill battle.

    • Conor Cahill

      ya honestly would they be against just giving .5% of the equity to the taxpayers of san diego if they did need that?

      • 619chargers4life

        When was reading and u said November 2014 ballot , I was like, ok, this is a year early lol . Everything I’ve heard is expect a special election in 2015.

        • Conor Cahill

          ah good catch. did i still get you?

          • Stefanie Smith

            You are so bad. I tried to delete my posts and they still show up as guest posts.

            lol

          • Conor Cahill

            haha so i wasnt imagining things

          • 619chargers4life

            Of course you got me . See my comment up top lol

    • Sergio Quintero

      How many have gotten their stadium done without public money, even the cowboys had money for infrastructure and utilities, what makes San Diego so special that they can get stadium without public funding.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Doug Manchester who owns that big hotel next to the Convention Center has been throwing around a totally privately funded stadium project. Just as a sidebar, he also owns the Union-Tribune. He gets a group of investors together and they get the money together. How does a corporation build anything? Why would they need public money? It’s their stadium then. And about the Dallas stadium… Jerry calls it his. That is what offends many taxpayers.

        Seriously, why does a billion dollar business expect taxpayers to help them out? It’s not like they are broke and couldn’t get the funding on their own.

        • Conor Cahill

          Approx how much financing could be raised from naming rights? do you know how much Petco paid?

        • Sergio Quintero

          If they can get it done without public money, for me good for everyone, I just haven’t read of any examples, where there wasn’t some public money, for at least infrastructure and utilities.

          • Conor Cahill

            we just have to get blown out in the Super Bowl and ride that wave to a new stadium. Padres financing 101

  • David

    I really want to find you and beat you like a pinata!!! asshole!

    • Conor Cahill

      nana nana naanaa

  • Stefanie Smith

    Now I am depressed.

  • Cooper

    I’d say the only joke is that so called stadium our bolts play in now!

    • Conor Cahill

      tru

  • Greekthrowr

    not cool.

  • Alex

    Your such a dick

    • Julien Bélair

      gtfo of this site stupid

  • MachoMenos

    @$$hole

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Just stuff the Bolts into Petco.

  • Julien Bélair

    Stop calling him names and take a good laugh !

  • George Bx Ricoy

    This article needed a heart beat…

  • 619chargers4life

    I could probably call u every name in the book right now lol

  • Lee

    im all for a good april fools joke but this one sucks

    • Conor Cahill

      judging by by your tone, Im going to have to disagree

  • veazy

    Nice one. I forgot it was April until I recieved an April Fool’s alert on my phone while I was reading this.

    • Conor Cahill

      ahh nice. I fell for one last night because I didnt think 12:00 before i even went to bed counted. It does.

  • Edward Sherman

    The joke is after all this time we’re all waiting for an answer wonder how many families have 1 2 even 3 kids waiting on the arrival of our STAYdium.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Wow, way to F’n piss off SD fans and fans of this site. WTF Conor, you should now be banned from this site. Seriously WTF!

    • Conor Cahill

      keep calm

      • Daniel Sutter

        Im over it now. Got me gor sure though.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Aww, it was all in fun. Not such a bad thing to laugh. If we had all read it, we would have caught it right away. I fell for it and told everyone at work.

  • 1pissedoffboltsfan

    Fucking asshole.

    • Julien Bélair

      gtfo of this site

      • chargedup619

        Are you cahills boyfriend? Every person with a comment you dont like your defending him lil rosey cheeks can’t defend himself? Losers

        • Julien Bélair

          A gay comments over the top… great human being right here

        • Conor Cahill

          haha way to take a stab at low hanging fruit bud. Im gonna go ahead and assume you are either 70 years old or a bigot. either way, I dont much care for your attempt at 80s humor.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    I hope you get kicked off this site. Someone like you shouldn’t be writing articles for us true Charger Fans to read.

    • Julien Bélair

      you are stupid

    • veazy

      Funny, I always see you type stupid shit.

      • Alex Pitrofsky

        Too bad I know more about the Bolts than you do. I’m sure I also go to more games than you. I don’t take their possible relocation lightly, and if you were a true fan, neither would you.

        • veazy

          Yeah, I’ll bet you represent what a snobbish idiot fan is supposed to be. I’m sure we all aspire to be as stupid and moronic as you in the name of the Chargers. Lighten up and stop being a whining idiot, I’m sure you could if you tried really hard.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Great joke! I’m not butt hurt at all. It’s April fools and only fools loose at this prank. Born in LA and raised in San Diego just like me, CHARGERS are here to stay just like me!

  • Joel Ayala

    Heard on radio early morning at work. I was freaking stoked and happy. Then now it’s fake. Thats a Shitty joke. Cant be fooling with us Bolt fans like that. Lol.

  • Russell Van Driel

    YOU ARE AN ASS!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Conor, I think it’s safe to say that you won this round. A bunch of pissed off Bolt fans basically means a sweet April Fools’ Day victory for you. lol

    • Conor Cahill

      Just saw on twitter that Anthony Bernal, “Director of Business and Community Projects for San Diego Council President @ToddGloria.” just tweeted it out and quickly deleted it

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        LOL, awesome.

  • arnie

    This what I wish they would say, unfortunately the San Diego city council wants nothing to do with a new stadium. They are hoping this issue just goes away. I don’t think any of them are sports fans.

    • Conor Cahill

      Mayor Faulconer actually seems pretty into it. Just have to find an agreement that he expects the voters to OK or else around we go again

      • arnie

        I agree. The reality is the city had already made plans, behind closed doors, on what to do with to downtown proposed site for the stadium.
        As far as the voters are concerned, those opposed to it are in the minority and making the most noise. The city isn’t in the trouble it has because of voters. It’s the leadership. The city did not have the money for a $30 billion dollar expansion of the convention center, yet the city found a way. I did not hear anyone crying over that bill. And this is the “second” time the city has expanded the convention center.

  • Russell Van Driel

    YOUR AN ASS YOU LITTLE SISSY.BOLTBEAT CAN FO!

    • Conor Cahill

      youre a little late to the party…

      • Russell Van Driel

        Wrong Bitch. If you look I was one of the first to reply yesterday Morning.You just deleted it. You Suck

        • Conor Cahill

          haha I never delete comments but good try. Where should I look if I deleted it?

          • Russell Van Driel

            Ha Ha FY I was the second response,the response was This better not be an April Fools Joke. I don’t care if you believe me. You are an Ass. I bet you will be making jokes when the Chargers move to LA. Take your rag of a Column and stuff it.

          • Conor Cahill

            ya thats a good response in retrospect (even though i clearly said that it is if you can read). sure wish you posted it yesterday. lol the fact that youre still upset about an april fools joke on april 2nd makes it so much funnier to me. NO RAGRETS

          • Russell Van Driel

            Just responding to your BS reply.

          • Conor Cahill

            haha ok big kid take a seat

          • Russell Van Driel

            34 Year Charger Fan WITHOUT You. Have a nice evening.

        • Conor Cahill

          PS: I dont even have acess to delete comments

          • Russell Van Driel

            Ok It’s a done deal. You think it’s funny,I don’t. The Chargers have been working on a new Stadium for a long time,and the Team could move. I have been waiting longer than you have been alive for a Lombardi. False Hope isn’t funny,but it’s done. Have a nice Day.

          • Conor Cahill

            A joke is a joke and you are taking yourself too seriously to accept it. I just think its funny I caught you in a blatant lie and your excuse is that youre older than me.

          • Russell Van Driel

            You are Dismissed.That’s All.

  • Russell Van Driel

    CONOR CAHILL IS A LITTLE PUNK

    • Conor Cahill

      take it easy on the rage, eh, this is a family-friendly blog

  • JT

    Awhh man.. Fully got me. Glad I read the whole thing before telling people :( haha

  • chargedup619

    The only joke here is your writing skills, and those porcelain rosey red cheeks of yours, what a clown, I bet you got picked on all the time in school, probably still do, this site let’s any idiot write for them eh?

    • Conor Cahill

      aw are they turning you on? (see what i did there?)

  • Ed

    Bogus. Even the headline is wrong. “Principle” is misspelled.

    • Conor Cahill

      lol good catch. there are clues/ holes all over the piece, everyone is just so quick to believe/ share it without anything more than a headline (albeit a misspelled one)

  • Phil

    What a fuckin punk u are! This got people all hyped especially me, not something to joke around on. Your obviously not a diehard fan cuzz we don’t bullshit about this! Get a fuckin life!

    • Conor Cahill

      youre obviously not a diehard fan either because this blew up yesterday yet somehow you didnt hear about it? geez, start following the chargers dude

    • Conor Cahill

      I think you have a misunderstanding of the point of April Fools

  • Joe

    What’s funny is after reading it it makes you realize just how long of a road it’s going to continue to be…See you guys here next year..

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    I had to burst someone’s bubble on this today. It seemed so obvious to me. Good one kiddo.

    • Conor Cahill

      thank you. aw please tell, did they tell you it was true? haha its still getting FB shares which is hilarious to me. thats why I had to put that disclaimer on there (assuming anyone actually reads it instead of just reading the title).

  • GREENWOLFE GREEN

    I do not live in San Diego and I was looking for info on the San Diego stadium situation when I came across this April Fools thing. I want to compliment Conor on his Fools Article. I thought it was one of the better items I have ever seen of this kind and it deserves special mention. However, it is these qualities as a success that makes it even more deserving of condemnation. The best April Fools items are often done by young people. In fact, young people are the only ones who would consider doing something like this. As people get older, they become wiser about many things. One of these things is coming to understand which things are, by civilized agreement in society, too important to demean by FRAUDULENT circulation of FALSEHOODS to others. I don’t intend to explain this to Conor at this time, he will, in due course, learn this himself. And I am too old, having only limited life time, to undertake it. But I must say that I do lament the fact that so many sincere fans of the Chargers have had to suffer this lamentable thing. Taking advantage of people whose emotions are so subject to manipulation does not mean that you should. Indeed, life teaches you that such deeds are among the most cruel.

    • Conor Cahill

      The aspect of the article that apparently made the joke such a subjective “success”, was the widespread circulation. I wrote an article (admitting it to being a joke) and tweeted it. 1 tweet. Done. My part in the circulation is now over. I did not read it on the radio or fraudulently share it on facebook 2000+ times. What I find most notable are some of the people who claim to be the most serious and sincere fans who couldnt find the time to read a 600-page article, on the subject they care so much about, before sharing it as fact. After looking at the stats (article views vs articles shares and mentions) it is evident that some of the people shared it and accepted it without even opening the article. Its either the ignorance, lethargy, or just a general apathy towards reading the only damn article about the “deal” that leads me to think these “sincere” fans aren’t as sincere as they claim. A headline has become a fact, and that is a problem.

      I would make the same societal claim towards the people that felt so strongly towards me that they felt the need to berate me on a comment board or threaten my safety for being misled for a few hours. There are holes all over the article that “true fans” allowed themselves to overlook, that is if they even read it. The ones who fell the hardest are the “true fans” that believed words on paper as fact on the most notorious of fools days, or the ones who didn’t actually care enough to read it all the way through. These people were not all young either, so I respect your prevailing poise and elegance.

      I must say that I do take your sentiment to heart. After days of being called a fucker, pussy, bitch, sissy, punk, asshole, dick, etc by people that I have not met and will never meet, it is quite refreshing to receive a genuine response. I do understand that it was a blatant and manipulative use of pathos (that I have not experienced as much as others as a 20YO), but like you said, this is the purpose of the holiday. At the end of the day, you are left with the knowledge that such an agreement never took place, increased publicity of the actual issue, a humbling laugh at your own gullibility, and no lasting residual repercussions, which is what actually makes the joke a “success” in my opinion.

  • Bill Nichols

    Shit, it’s April freaking 3rd and I am still being fooled…… What a jack ass I am…. Bolts baby!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahah

  • RW

    This is a sensitive subject and because you were only 10 when discussions began and havent materilized do you not realize what a stupid article this is. Youo deserve everything you will get from commenters here.

    • RW

      You should be banned from writing anymore for this website….for which it is guys like you that make it

      this site not credible.