On Saturday, a group of about 4,000 fans gathered in San Diego in support of the team’s plan to build a new state-of-the-art stadium. Among those in attendance was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“The great thing I love about this proposal is it’s more than a stadium. You’re addressing not only the stadium, but you’re addressing needs with the convention facility. And the NFL needs to support this community and the effort. We don’t make the decisions. This is for the community to make, but we certainly want to be part of that solution”, said Goodell.
Earlier this week, the organization released a first look at their plans for the stadium, which can be seen here.
Dean Spanos seemed happy and optimistic about Saturday’s turnout as well.
“We’re committed to follow this thing through. I’m optimistic and obviously overwhelmed today. I’m encouraged, but we still have a long ways to go, said the team’s president and CEO.
The goal is to get the measure on November’s ballot, but they’ll need enough qualified signatures to move forward in the process. As ESPN’s Eric D. Williams notes, the team will look to garner 100,000 signatures over a six-week stretch. A little over 66,000 is what is required to present to the city clerk’s office.
If the idea ultimately comes to fruition, Goodell sees big things for the city.
"I think the Chargers belong in San Diego."
— ESPN (@espn) April 24, 2016
“I’m confident that if they can get a stadium built here, the owners will want to support it with a Super Bowl. I think that’s what this community deserves, and we’re all going to work to try and find a solution.”
That sounds so much more positive than the outlook just a few months ago, when Spanos was desperately trying to get the team to Los Angeles. Perhaps there are much bluer skies ahead for the Bolts and the city the team belongs in.