Chargers’ New Stadium Proposal: Latest News and Rumors on Potential Deal
Continue for updates.
Petition Sent to City Clerk
Friday, June 10
Per a release from the Chargers’ official website, the Committee for Sports, Entertainment and Tourism sent “83 boxes containing 110,786 signatures” to San Diego city clerk Elizabeth Maland.
Chargers President Dean Spanos expressed his gratitude for the people in San Diego who signed the petition in a statement included in the release:
On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers organization, we want to thank every registered San Diego City voter who signed the petition. We also want to thank representatives of organized labor – and particularly the unions of the Building Trades Council – for their significant help and support during this process. And we are grateful for the volunteer signature gathering work coordinated by the fan groups, including Save Our Bolts and the San Diego Stadium Coalition. The fan groups did a great job, as did the hundreds of other people who contacted us and volunteered to gather signatures.
Spanos went on to say that collecting so many signatures in just a six-week time frame speaks to the “tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”
Dan McLellan of BoltBlitz.com noted the Chargers received more signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot during the election in November than current San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer received votes (108,653) to win re-election.
In April, per San Diego’s Fox 5, the Chargers hosted a signature drive to qualify for the stadium ballot, and they would need “around 67,000 valid signatures to qualify an initiative for the November general election ballot…”
The Chargers and the NFL have committed to paying a combined $650 million to build the proposed $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, with the team proposing the city of San Diego raise the transient occupancy tax to 16.5 percent in order to fund the remaining $1.15 billion.
The next step in the process is verifying the signatures are legitimate, with the release noting Chargers ownership will continue to work with elected officials and leaders to round up support for the project.