After the St. Louis Rams announced their return to Los Angeles, it seemed as though the San Diego Chargers would follow suit and join the Rams in Inglewood, Calif.
However, Chargers chairman, Dean Spanos, verbally committed to keeping the team in San Diego for 2016 and now has the team headed in a direction that has Chargers fans buzzing.
While staying in Qualcomm Stadium, the team’s home since 1961, is unlikely, the Chargers have announced a plan to build a new stadium in downtown San Diego.
The Chargers plan to partner with JMI Realty for the project. JMI is the developer of the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park. The complex plans would incorporate a new stadium for the Chargers as well as an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, giving Comic-Con a renovated home in addition to the Chargers. The multiplex would be located near Petco Park, including the Padres as part of the remodeled entertainment district. The plan as a whole creates many new opportunities for the city of San Diego. The team will be playing in a modernized facility while economic opportunity will be more abundant through the forms of entertainment, Super Bowls and the largest Comic-Con event in the country.
The Chargers' stadium plans in downtown San Diego next to Petco Park and the Convention Center. pic.twitter.com/i3YFTGPrl1
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As far as attendance goes, the Chargers ranked 18th in total home attendance and 19th in average home attendance last season. Moving the team to a centralized location that is among the largest cities in the country could gradually increase attendance. Of course, team performance and opponents attribute to the bottom line but a new stadium is not a bad place to start.