Rumors from the Web
Could Chargers target
Williamson, Writer, ESPN.com, Jan 21, 2013
been asked often in the past few days whether the San
Diego Chargers could target Arizona receiver Larry
Fitzgerald in a trade.
I get the reasoning.
Fitzgerald is tied to new San Diego offensive
coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. He was Fitzgerald’s longtime
head coach in Arizona. New San Diego quarterbacks coach
Frank Reich was Fitzgerald’s position coach last season.
Fitzgerald’s father tweeted Friday that his son was a
fan of Reich, and it was a good hire for the Chargers.
Also, the Chargers could badly use an offensive weapon
like Fitzgerald, a future hall of famer. He’d be a
perfect gift to quarterback Philip
Rivers, who has seen so many talented
offensive teammates leave him in recent seasons.
So, those are all the reasons why it could work.
Getting Fitzgerald wouldn’t be so easy, however. He
signed a monster contract with the Cardinals two years
ago and the Cardinals have not shown any indication they
want to get rid of Fitzgerald. I’d imagine Fitzgerald
was a major reason why Colts offensive coordinator Bruce
Arians took Arizona’s head coaching job.
Even if the Cardinals wanted to deal Fitzgerald, he’d
cost the Chargers a ton in trade compensation and cap
money. The Chargers have a lot to do. They are not one
player away on offense. So, fitting Fitzgerald in
wouldn’t be easy.
In a perfect world, this paring makes sense, but there
are way too many obstacles to make this an easy
What’s wrong with that
we’ve all grown to know and love?
Now that the NFL has made an agreement with Nike to
become the new jersey provider to the 32 NFL teams
in place of Reebok, it looks like they have decided
to take them all in a new direction. Here’s what
had to say on the subject.
"On the day that the NFL announced
Nike will replace Reebok
as the league’s uniform supplier
in 2012, a Nike official said changes are coming to NFL
President Charlie Denson told Darren Rovell
of CNBC that the change would be similar to
changes that Nike has made to college
“We plan on
changing the NFL
jersey dramatically just like we’ve done with the college
programs, using new
thinking and the greatest technology available,” Denson
said. “The NFL program hasn’t had the same type of
advancement in recent years.
After years of Reebok leading the way on NFL
jerseys, it will be interesting to see what dramatic changes
Nike comes up with. I just hope no NFL team follows
the hideous example of
in college football."
If these really are what Nike has in store for the
Chargers, I’m a little disappointed. Email me your thoughts:
Cushman: Qualcomm site could
still be Chargers' home
FORMER MAYORAL ADVISER ENDORSES
NEW LOOK AT MISSION VALLEY SITE
By Roger Showley, Business News,
UT-San Diego North County, Jan 3, 2013
Qualcomm Stadium, where the Chargers have played since
1967, may still make sense as their future home,
according to Steve Cushman.
Former Mayor Jerry Sanders’ point person on convention
center expansion, Cushman endorsed the present 166-acre
site Thursday as a potential “real asset for the city”
if it could be redeveloped with a stadium, housing and
think it would be a great project, a real project that
could happen,” Cushman said.
Cushman spoke the day after he made similar remarks on KPBS-TV,
when he endorsed U-T Publisher Douglas F. Manchester’s
recent estimate that $200 million could be enough to fix
the stadium’s many issues.
estimate seems accurate, Cushman said, because it is
line with the $520 million convention center expansion
cost. He recommended the city hire the same Phoenix
consultant used on the convention center to verify the
costs of refurbishing the stadium.
“Maybe it isn’t feasible,” Cushman said. “Maybe it’ll
take $400 million to do it, maybe $100 million.”
he said the point is that “nothing should be off the
do not want to see us lose the Chargers,” he said.
Chargers consultant Mark Fabiani, who has been advising
the team on stadium issues, said in an email, “We remain
open minded about all ideas, but there are no new
developments on the ground at Qualcomm.”
team has been searching for a decade to fix or replace
Qualcomm, which it considers subpar when compared to
other NFL stadiums.
proposed a $400 million replacement in 2003 as part of a
mixed-use redevelopment on the site.
that received mixed reviews, the team looked into sites
in Chula Vista, Oceanside and other locations and
settled on an East Village site in 2010 on the city bus
yard at 14th and K streets.
with the state-ordered end to redevelopment agencies
last year, a city-Chargers partnership seemed
financially infeasible and Sanders was seeking funding
alternatives when he left office last month.
2009 Perry Dealy, a consultant to Manchester on another
project, independently led a team of civic leaders to
look again at the Q and developed an $800 million
stadium replacement plus housing, San Diego State
University housing and academic buildings and parkland.
The Chargers did not endorse that plan and nothing
further came of it.
year, U-T San Diego ran a front-page editorial promoting
the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal on the downtown
waterfront as an alternative that could include hotels,
convention space and other amenities and replace both
Qualcomm and the convention center expansion.
San Diego Unified Port District, which operates the
terminal, rejected the idea and extended a long-term
lease for part of the terminal to Dole Fresh Fruit.
Manchester said he was not interested in being the
developer the Qualcomm site -- “I’ve got my hands full
doing other things” -- and was speaking at the site’s
potential from a developer’s standpoint.
there’s a way of doing it, maybe that should be
considered,” he said. “If you gave me $200 million, I
probably could do it.”
he said was not giving up the waterfront site or any
option and remains committed to keeping the Chargers in
only new wrinkle in the stadium debate is the state of
pollution at the site from gasoline tanks operated by
Kinder Morgan and the recent outcome of a lawsuit by the
city against that company.
U-T CEO John Lynch and Fabiani mentioned the lawsuit’s
outcome as a new factor in what new development might be
am convinced that no stadium will ever be built on the
Qualcomm site,” Lynch said. “If it doesn’t happen
downtown, you may see the L.A. Chargers.”
Revamped Qualcomm Site
Will new mayor work with Chargers on
The San Diego
Chargers' decade-long quest for a new stadium almost
certainly won't be submitted to voters until at least
But even that
possibility appeared less likely this week with the
election of new mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat who has
vowed to be "the toughest negotiator the Chargers have
solution, the Chargers remain a perennial candidate to
move to Los Angeles – even as soon as next year, though
the team has shown a commitment to San Diego as long as
viable options are on the table.
"We've waited this
long, and if we have a path to success, we can wait
until 2014," said Mark Fabiani, the Chargers point man
on the stadium search. "Right now we don't have such a
path, but we hope to find one with the new mayor."
Even if it goes to
voters in 2014 and is approved, a new stadium probably
wouldn't be ready for play until 2018.
candidates had opposed public financing of a new
stadium, but Filner's opponent, Republican Carl DeMaio,
had said he was open to creating a public-private
partnership for the project.
Congressman, states on his campaign website that "our
city has been held ransom by our sports teams, a fact we
cannot forget." He states "the only deal" he would make
"is one that will give something back to the city and
its taxpayers." He states that could include "partial
ownership of the team" and "greater involvement and
support of our public schools."
didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. He
is to be inaugurated on Dec. 3.
Still, there may
be common cause for Filner and the Chargers,
particularly with the labor unions, a staunch supporter
of Filner's. The unions generally have supported a new
stadium for the team on the basis that it would create
"We look forward
to working with Mr. Filner," Fabiani told USA TODAY
Sports Wednesday. "We have mutual allies in the labor
community, and our proposed project would create
thousands of jobs and major construction in three
separate sections of the city, so we hope to be able to
find common ground here."
The city's current
mayor, Jerry Sanders, had tried to make progress toward
a new stadium, even touring stadium districts in other
cities last year to gather ideas for San Diego. He had
hoped to submit a downtown stadium plan to voters in
But that is not
likely now because of entanglements involving the
state's dissolution of redevelopment agencies.
The stadium is
projected to cost around $1 billion, with money coming
from the NFL, the team and taxpayers if they approve it
in a vote.
The team wants to
boost its revenues with a new stadium. It currently
plays in 45-year-old Qualcomm Stadium, a city-owned
facility that needs $80 million in repairs, maintenance
and improvements, according to a city-commissioned
report last year. The report also said the city would
lose at least $10 million a year on Qualcomm Stadium
through 2020. Even so, other financial problems for the
city have kept the stadium issue on the backburner in
According to their
lease with the city, the Chargers can negotiate with
other cities and relocate during a three-month window
each year starting Feb. 1. To leave in 2013, they would
just need to pay the city $22 million.
miles up the road, Los Angeles is on the verge of
building a new NFL stadium, pending a commitment from a
team willing to move there. The goal is to have the
stadium built by the 2017, but the stadium's developer,
Anschutz Entertainment Group, has indicated it could be
ready to accommodate a team in a different Los Angeles
facility as soon as next year while the stadium is being
STADIUM SITE NOW IN QUESTION
By Craig Gustafson, Beat Writer, UT-San
Diego, Sep 14, 2012
Fred Maas, the mayor’s point man on the stadium issue,
said it doesn’t make sense to put out any plan until the
fate of Tailgate Park is determined.
“The big issue is it throws a wrench into
the whole financial evaluation of the site and,
ultimately, presenting a report,” he said. “In an
environment in which people are cynical to begin with,
the last thing you want to do is release something that
raises more questions than answers.”
The team is focused on the possibility of
building a stadium in East Village on a site that
includes a bus yard owned by the San Diego Metropolitan
Transit System and part of Tailgate Park. The financing
plan would likely involve several public agencies,
including the San Diego Association of Governments,
which could help pay for a replacement bus yard or other
transportation-related infrastructure improvements.
An alternative plan has been proposed by
U-T San Diego ownership for a waterfront stadium at the
10th Avenue Marine Terminal as part of an integrated
complex that would include a sports arena, expanded
convention center and a public park and beach.
Complications over the East Village
property began when Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers
approved the end of redevelopment agencies across the
state as of Feb. 1, determining that the money
reinvested by the agencies was needed to balance the
state budget. Critics also argued that redevelopment in
some cities had failed to remove blight and promote
development as intended.
Many cities, including San Diego, chose
to assume control of all the former redevelopment
agency’s obligations and properties through a successor
agency, a separate legal entity. But, in June, the
Legislature changed the rules on how former
redevelopment agency properties could be developed, sold
or transferred to the city. Any decision on the
properties can only occur after a long-range asset
management plan for all the properties is developed and
approved by the San Diego Oversight Board — a
seven-member panel appointed by city, county, school and
special district officials — and the state Department of
Finance. That approval process can’t begin until April
2013 and a final resolution isn’t expected until the
The Department of Finance will have the
final say, which takes the ultimate decision out of
“The Legislature’s decision to wind down
redevelopment has thrown a lot of projects into limbo,”
Sanders said in a statement. “We won’t know the status
of this parcel until next fall when the state makes a
decision on a long-range asset management plan. Once a
determination is made, the next mayor will be able to
take the work that has been done so far and incorporate
it into a financing plan that works for both the
Chargers and the taxpayers.”
Sanders and the Chargers had hoped to put
the stadium financing plan before voters in 2013, but
the uncertainty over Tailgate Park almost certainly
pushes a public vote into 2014. It also shifts
responsibility for leading the stadium push to the next
mayor. Two candidates competing in the November election
— Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Democratic
Rep. Bob Filner — have ruled out the possibility of
using taxpayer money from the city on any stadium deal.
By Matthew T. Hall, Reporter -
San Diego Union-Tribune, April 9, 2012
All the stadium
stories you missed since
my last roundup while
you were poring over each line of AEG's
must-read 10,000-page Farmers Field
environmental impact report....
Diego, sports fans couldn't
stop discussing (or would that be
dissing?) Los Angeles, where despite all
the smog, the grass often seems greener.
Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG, for
short) dropped some long-awaited light
reading material, the 10,000-page draft
environmental impact report for Farmers
Field. Then the Dodgers took three of
four from the Padres at Petco Park. Oh,
and the Los Angeles (by way of San
Diego) Clippers continued to be one of
the NBA's hottest teams. (At least some
Coachella bands are choosing San Diego
over Los Angeles for their pre-weekend
desert concert shows....)
Such sports and music
conversations certainly won't be
pre-empted by talk of a new San Diego
football stadium any time soon since the
Mayor's Office moved its deadline to
release a financing plan from March to
September. In discussing the Farmers
Field EIR, Chargers special counsel Mark
sounded optimistic a San
Diego deal would be struck eventually,
but with Mayor Jerry Sanders leaving
office in December, its prospects seem
as uncertain as ever. A new mayor would
be the third that the team has lobbied
to get a new stadium, and, if it comes
to it, Sanders' inability to get a
stadium financing plan on a ballot
measure for voters would turn years of
team talks with him into one
unsuccessful drive. (At least Chargers
fans are used to those....)
"We wouldn't have any
comment on the release of an
environmental document on a proposed
stadium in another city," Fabiani said.
"We hope to one day have our own such
document to release on our proposed new
stadium in downtown San Diego."
A U-T San Diego
scolded Sanders for his
financing plan delay.
"Efforts to put
together a deal for a new stadium in
downtown Los Angeles that could lure the
Chargers away from San Diego came back
to life this week with the release of a
key environmental report, after months
of not much happening," the editorial
noted. "That L.A. lull should have been
a blessing giving San Diego time to put
together its own stadium plan. There is
still time. But this city is squandering
A Facebook comment
from former San Diego City Attorney
Michael Aguirre was
more pointed in its
criticism of Sanders.
"When confronted with
a difficult choice he did what he does
when confronted with a difficult choice,
he misled those involved to believe he
was going to do something about the
issue," Aguirre wrote. "Those who want
to get something done on this issue have
to deal with reality and not empty
spokesman Darren Pudgil: "The mayor is
going to keep moving the ball down the
field in pursuit of a financing plan
that works for the taxpayers and the
Chargers. He wants to make sure it's a
solid plan in which the costs are fairly
shared and the return on investment is
Other older stadium
stories you might have missed:
In San Diego,
the season's end was as anti-climactic
as a Raiders win can be, there was no doubt what the big
stadium news of the week was. It was the
death of redevelopment.
Which is funny,
because the day that the California Supreme Court ruled
that the state Legislature's decision to wind down
redevelopment was legal, the story on the ruling wasn't
our website's most popular until late in the afternoon.
Instead, for most of
Thursday, as one politician after another grumbled that
they'd been "raided," the top spot on our site belonged
to news that Chargers center Nick Hardwick might
The elimination of San
Diego's Centre City Development Corp. and the state's
other 400 redevelopment agencies, threw into question
how the East Village site being studied for a new
football stadium would be cleared of tenants and cleaned
of massive fuel contamination from the buses that
currently call it home.
The cleanup and
relocation of the Metropolitan Transit System bus yard
and other tenants is estimated to cost $150 million, a
tidy sum that's excluded from the Chargers' $800 million
projections for a new downtown stadium.
The assumption had
been that redevelopment funds could cover the site
preparations. Now those assumptions are being revisited.
City officials expect
to release the stadium financing plan they're working on
with Chargers brass by the end of March. Here's the
relevant section of colleague Roger Showley's story on
the court ruling.
projects, as well as park and sidewalk improvements,
count on redevelopment funding and their future now
is in doubt.
The biggest is the
proposed $800 million Chargers stadium downtown.
"We had assumed
last fall that redevelopment funds would not be
available, and so we proposed a combination
stadium-convention center expansion concept which we
believe could be financed without redevelopment
dollars," said team counsel Mark Fabiani.
However, the city
has rejected a combination as Fabiani sketched out
in favor of moving forward now with a $520 million
convention center expansion.
At the same time,
the Centre City Development Corp., the city's
downtown redevelopment arm, had set aside $150
million in additional funds for site preparation of
the East Village site eyed by the Chargers, now
occupied by the city bus yard.
While that money
for the stadium site and millions more were
identified in a cooperation agreement with the city
earlier this year to secure future funding, it is
not clear how secure that agreement now is.
Fabiani said he
and other Chargers lawyers are "analyzing the
opinion" from the court.
"We are not
prepared at this point to offer anything definitive
on that question" about the $150 million, he said in
The impact in Los
Angeles is less certain. It's unclear how much
redevelopment money, if any, might have been spent on
infrastructure improvements surrounding the sites of
dueling stadium projects proposed in downtown Los
Angeles and 20 miles away in City of Industry.
This is how the U-T’s
Tim Sullivan summarized his
current level of concern about the
Chargers moving to Los Angeles: “The threat is
conceivable, but it is not yet close, and it does not
appear to have moved any closer as a result of the
California Supreme Court’s decision upholding the state
legislature’s right to dissolve redevelopment agencies.”
Kinda like that one scene with the security guard in
Austin Powers, he wrote. Yeah,
Want more on the
redevelopment ruling? San Diego Rostra compiled nearly
two dozen stories from around the state
In other local stadium
news, voiceofsandiego.org’s Scott Lewis continued to
discuss the idea of
potential public ownership of the team,
which would require changing the National Football
League bylaws, i.e. moving Heaven and Earth.
Football Talk’s Mike Florio is now (sort of)
charged up about the issue on his (much
larger) platform. In classic, anonymously sourced Florio,
he wrote: “As one team executive told PFT on Wednesday,
plenty of franchises would love to have the ability to
In Los Angeles,
ESPN.com's Arash Markazi at least waited until the day
after Christmas to drop this
piece of coal on Chargers’ fans. He
tweeted, “I still think the Chargers make the most sense
to move in 2013 with the Rams moving soon after in 2014
or 2015.” That’s actually no surprise to anyone who’s
following his weekly NFL in L.A. updates, which
continually rank the Chargers as the likeliest candidate
to go all Hollywood. What’s interesting is that even
when the NFL's return to Los Angeles remains a long shot
(based solely on an absence now measuring 17 years),
Markazi maintains not one, but two teams, could play
there. Within three years.
Also in Los Angeles,
the Daily News named Tim Leiweke its sports person of
the year. In big, bold type, (alright, in the
headline....) the paper dubbed the AEG CEO and president
harvester of hope when it comes to NFL’s
possible return to L.A.” Leiweke is the face of the push
to put a team in downtown L.A.
The article includes a
Q and A with Leiweke and features this exchange:
Q: Are you where
you want to be right now in the process, and are you
confident whatever gap still exists between Los
Angeles and the NFL will be closed?
A: I wouldn't say
I am confident but I will say both sides understand
the uniqueness of a private company and a private
citizen like Phil Anschutz stepping up and saying he
is willing to take the risk. But the deal has to
make sense for all involved, including him. He is
going to have to personally own this team. This will
not be an AEG asset. And so, does that get done? I
guess if I was confident it would already be
finished. So we have work to do. But first and
foremost we have to finish the environmental impact
report and our goal is to have that finished and
improved by June of 2012.
Raiders owner Al Davis’ death last year has some
wondering what will happen to the team when his wife
dies. Footballphds.com offered
a primer on real estate taxes that makes
for good, if dry, reading for fans of the Raiders, the
Chargers and tax law (and also maybe insomniacs….)
In Santa Clara,
with redevelopment over, city officials now must find up
to $40 million in redevelopment money pledged toward the
49ers proposed $1 billion stadium, but city leaders
emphasized it would
not jeopardize the project.
the Vikings’ stadium quest finally ended! At least,
that’s what you might assume from what Sports
Illustrated’s Peter King
tweeted and said on national television
Sunday night. But....
Not so fast, a Vikings
repeatedly the following day.
CBS Sports followed
suit with word that King’s "Christmas
miracle" was premature. As premature as
the thought that writers would finally stop using the
holiday trope “Christmas miracle” in their copy.
had some fun after King and Florio said
the Vikings were close to a deal. “A more accurate
headline would probably be ‘Vikings continuing stadium
talks with state officials,’” DeMause wrote. “But since
that's pretty much the same headline that people in
Minnesota have been reading for the past five years, you
can see why King (and Florio) went with the snappier
Of the outlets I
checked out, NFL.com played the story the
most down the middle. The league's site
also included the full King quote for those who missed
it: "Look for the Vikings to sign a long-term deal and
build a new stadium in Minnesota so that they will not
be a candidate to move to Los Angeles," King said.
"Everybody had been rumoring that they were going to
L.A. The Vikings are going to stay in Minneapolis."
What did expire
in Minnesota, the team insists, is its lease. The key
word there is insists because there is language in the
a extends it for a year if the team
doesn't play a full season in it and everyone remembers
the rupture in the roof of the Metrodome last season
that led to a temporary relocation. Again, Fieldoschemes
broke it down nicely.
In a personnel change
(we’ll be hearing about a few of those in coming days,
ey?), the Minnesota senate Republicans named themselves
a new majority leader, appointing someone whom stadium
supporters expect to be a boost to their efforts. The
Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that
Sen. Dave Senjem (I mean, could a
senator have a better surname?!?) “is a supporter of
expanded gambling, which could become crucial in
negotiations for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.”
In St. Louis,
a blogger pieced together a progression of comments from
the Rams’ front office about the team’s lease and future
home to show that the Rams' only movement in the team's
future would be climbing up in the standings. On
Twitter, @losangelesrams (whose bias is there for all to
see) linked to the story
with editorial whimsy, saying, “And the
Winner for the most delusional article yet out of St.
With deadlines looming
large that should indicate the team's desire to stay,
one St. Louis broadcaster put the odds that the Rams
could leave at
an Associated Press report became the latest to declare
a Jaguars' move “unrealistic,”
at least for now. It surely had football fans there
breathing easier (though maybe not smiling, after this
season) as longtime owner Wayne Weaver moves on. An
interesting excerpt from the story:
Weaver would have
liked to have a few more years before walking away.
But he had been looking for an exit strategy in
recent years, and (new owner Shahid) Khan seems to
be a suitable successor.
They have known
each other for years, so familiar that the $770
million agreement was initially drawn up on a
cocktail napkin. It included a sale price of $660
million plus $110 million in debt.
paperwork also included a stability agreement that
essentially guarantees that the team will remain in
Jacksonville for at least five years. NFL.com has
reported that Khan would have to pay $25 million to
a Jacksonville charity of Weaver's choice if he
moves the team within five years.
agreement coupled with the team's stadium lease and
the NFL's hefty relocation fee make a move
unrealistic — at least in the short term. The
stadium lease runs through 2027 and would have to be
bought out for the team to move. That would cost
about $65 million right now. And the NFL's
relocation fee could top $100 million.
has insisted he has no plans to leave Jacksonville.
to this community and we are going to keep on
carrying the work that was started here in
perpetuity and hopefully move it up a notch," Khan
Also, the Jags
lifted a TV blackout for the team’s last
game of the season. Pro Football Talk noted, “It’s not
known how many tickets the Jaguars bought themselves, at
34 cents on the dollar, in order to get the game on
local TV.” Commentators on the post noted this makes two
years straight with zero blackouts in Jacksonville.
That's five fewer than
the Chargers had in those two years, for those keeping
here are the season-ending
figures for teams linked to a potential
new stadium in Los Angeles at one time or another. (Only
San Francisco is currently pursuing a new, local stadium
on its own.)
plummeted in its final game, pushing San Diego and
Minnesota up a spot in average attendance and pushing
the Bills down to the bottom of the list in stadium
capacity though not much behind the Chargers. In San
Diego's case, the team averaged its fewest fans per game
NFL average attendance
San Francisco 69,732
San Diego 65,392 (19)
Minnesota 62,816 (23)
Buffalo 62,694 (24)
Oakland 59,242 (29)
St. Louis 56,394 (31)
NFL average stadium
capacity with rank
San Francisco 99.3
Minnesota 98 (14)
Oakland 94 (22)
Jacksonville 92.8 (24)
San Diego 91.7 (25)
St. Louis 86.3 (27)
Buffalo 85.8 (29)
Chargers Get Bolt of Inspiration
The design is inspired by the
Chargers' iconic lightning-bolt branding
By Gene Cubbison, Sports
Analyst, NBC News, San Diego, March 8, 2011
Nobody's "shown them the money" yet. But the
Chargers have just been shown a radical new way of
planning their proposed downtown stadium.
This novel approach came to the Chargers
unsolicited, no money asked.
It's a labor of civic love on the part of a
three-member, local design team that wants to keep
the Bolts local and put a bold, classy stamp on an
unfinished side of East Village.
"There's about 12 acres of 'public experience'
around the site, and that actually connects to the
existing buildings," says Gaslamp Quarter architect
Paul De Bartolo. "It's a stadium that's embracing
its city around it."
And it's an approach its creators hope will be
embraced in some form by the Chargers, the city and
the constituents of both.
Australian-born De Bartolo and his fellow Aussie
business partner Ivan Rimanic began collaborating on
it late last year with San Diego landscape architect
They finally presented it to the Bolts' brass last
week, and posted the schematic renderings on their
Their civic message, in part: "The Gaslamp has
really transformed with Petco Park, but it's missing
something vital, in our opinion," said McCullough.
"And if something doesn't happen, like what we're
proposing, then it's probably going to remain
parking lots and train tracks into eternity."
The stadium itself would be shaped like a volcanic
dome -- design inspired by the Chargers' iconic
"By taking the Chargers logo and mirroring it, you
do create a circular coliseum setup for a stadium,
and by extruding the form, you start to generate the
sides of the stadium, and how it can work in these
different wings," explained De Bartolo.
Meantime, the overall site concept -- featuring a
vast stretch of green open space with an iconic
structure, and elevated trolley tracks -- is
erupting in a lot of imaginations as it goes viral
"It was extremely important for us to really explore
the linkages into the city for this site," De
While this team of dreamers has no illusions about
the difficulties of turning the concept into a
reality, they want to jump-start the brainstorming
process in hopes that the project makes it farther
down the road.
"We feel that we're so close in San Diego to having
a city that's comparable to some of the greatest
cities in the world. And it's one area that I think
we could have this," De Bartolo said.
Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani has forwarded
the design package to the team's architects; so far,
The principal partner and namesake of London Group
Realty Advisers said the new proposal helps focus
discussion on enhancing the proposed stadium's
visual appeal and connection to its surroundings.
"This throws down the gauntlet," says Gary London,
who's worked with the Chargers. "Unless that
aspect of the project is really addressed, (the
stadium) probably doesn't get very far."
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