San Diego mayor says he will fight to keep Chargers from moving

Thursday January 15th, 2015

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer says he will fight to keep the Chargers in town and plans to meet with local leaders to scout potential locations for a new stadium and to figure out a finance plan.

During his State of the City address on Wednesday, Faulconer said any plan for the Chargers new stadium will be revealed publicly this fall.

"They will explore all possibilities to finance this project with my clear direction that it must present a good and fair deal for San Diego's taxpayers," Faulconer said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I will not accept or support anything less."

The team's special counsel said the team can't comment because nothing specific was said on the stadium issue. The Chargers have played in 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium since 1967.

"After 13 – now going on 14 – years of work by the Chargers, the speech contained no specifics, and so there is nothing for us to comment on," Chargers' special counsel Mark Fabiani said.

About 30 percent of the Chargers' local revenue comes from the Los Angeles area, and team officials are keeping an eye on what happens with possible relocation to the area happening as soon as the 2016 season.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has already bough significant land near Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, with plans to build an 80,000-seat domed NFL stadium, accompanying a 6,000-seat performance venue and retail, office, hotel and residential space.

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