Saturday January 31st, 2015

The San Diego Chargers on Friday released a statement saying the organization would work with San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer's newly created task force to develop a proposal for a new stadium.

The statement, shared by Marty Caswell of Sports Radio 1090, said the club was willing to continue working toward a new stadium in 2015 and that it would work with the task force to review existing proposals.

"We will be happy to share with the Mayor's new task force the nine different stadium proposals the Chargers have made over the years, as well as ideas produced by another city-appointed task force and by two seperate outside experts ... We will also be pleased to evaluate any other ideas generated by this latest task force."

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The statement comes after Mayor Faulconer announced a nine-member task force that would examine stadium construction and financing options. The task force includes Jim Steeg, a former NFL executive who spent over 30 years working with the league, including a five-year period with the Chargers that ended in 2010. Steeg was also in charge of organizing 26 Super Bowls.

Faulconer said the task force would have public resources at its disposal, but would operate independently. The plan the group recommends will be reviewed by the city and, if approved, presented to residents for a vote. The mayor has set a deadline in early fall for the task force's final proposal.

The Chargers have played in the 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium since 1967, and have been looking to upgrade for more than 13 years. Movement on a new home for the Chargers in San Diego has increased recently, as the relocation of an NFL team to Los Angeles has gathered potential. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is reportedly planning to build an NFL stadium complex in the suburbs of Los Angeles

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell welcomed the news of San Diego's task force, but put pressure on the city to speed up the process.

"I'm glad to hear [Mayor Faulconer]'s got a task force going," Goodell said on Friday. "But they've been working at this for 12 years, and it's something we need to see tangible results sooner rather than later."

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The Chargers finished the 2014 season with a 9-7 record and in third place in the AFC West. San Diego has not won more than 10 games in a season since 2009, when the team was eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the New York Jets.

 
- Christopher Woody

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