The Super Bowl could be returning to San Diego. In fact, it could be guaranteed.
The NFL could take that measure in helping the city of San Diego get a new stadium. Though a specific year for the big game could not be guaranteed, the fact that the new stadium would host a Super Bowl would go a long way in making sure the measure passes when it is placed on a ballot.
The story was first reported by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, who notes that the new stadium that will house the Los Angeles Rams will also bid for a Super Bowl in the near future.
The Chargers are working on a plan to build a $1.8 billion stadium right next to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. By this time next month, the team will need to have collected 66,447 signatures to send to the city clerk’s office prior to having the measure approved by city council.
Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he feels the majority of NFL owners will support a new stadium, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer as well as the downtown hotel community have yet to publicly give their support for the downtown stadium project, reports Eric D. Williams of ESPN.
“This initiative, if approved by voters, calls for the largest public bond offering in San Diego’s history — so it’s only fair that the public knows all the facts. The Chargers are making their consultants available to the city’s financial staff to scrub the numbers and assumptions that make up the financial model behind the proposed stadium-convention facility. We must continue to peel back the onion on this plan so the public has a chance to see all the layers. We’re going to be fair but we’re also going to continue asking tough questions”, said Faulconer in an email to ESPN.
Though there is still plenty to work through and many discussions to be had, the thought of the Super Bowl coming back to San Diego should be enticing to those voting.
San Diego hosted three Super Bowls from 1988-2003, but haven’t played host to the event since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Still, only three cities—Miami, New Orleans and Pasadena—have hosted more Super Bowls in the 50 years of the game than San Diego.