Interim mayor cool on Chargers’ stadium proposal

Reuters

San Diego has another new mayor.  But the city still has its old football stadium.

And it will continue to be that way, at least for now.  According to FOX 5 in San Diego, interim mayor Todd Gloria intends to proceed with a plan to expand the city’s convention center — but not to pursue a proposal by the Chargers that would both expand the convention center and build a new venue for pro football.

“I will not be welcome at Thanksgiving dinner if we’re not able to keep the Chargers here in San Diego, but really they’re two different plans,” Gloria said.

The team presented on Thursday a project  that would connect a new stadium to the convention center.  Gloria said the team’s idea has too many unknowns.

A campaign to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, already has started.  The candidates want to keep the team in town, but only with a stadium deal that works for everyone.

Despite years of trying, a potentially successful plan has yet to be identified.  Eventually, time will run out.

19 responses to “Interim mayor cool on Chargers’ stadium proposal

  1. Yeah, lafan101. Just remember all those rings the Rams brought you. LA is a Raider town, they’re just too ashamed to admit it.

  2. Multiplemiggs if you could ever afford a ticket to visit here from the little town you live in you would know we LOVE football. USC and UCLA have great tailgating and fill up the Coliseum and Rose Bowl respectively.

  3. richmondbolt says: Sep 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    Yeah, lafan101. Just remember all those rings the Rams brought you. LA is a Raider town, they’re just too ashamed to admit it.

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    Actually, LA is anything but a Raiders’ town. They were a source of disillusionment while they were here. They struggled to make any money, and (obviously) chased the dollars back up in Oakland. Which is such deliciously ironic, considering that they are the least valuable franchise in the league. The team simply appealed to the same inner-city minority base in South LA, as they do in Oakland.

    LA would certainly welcome the Rams back, far, far sooner than they would the shattered remains of the Raiders. But the reality is, Los Angeles is made up of so many millions of people from other parts of the country / world, and they bring their allegiences with them. LA is a fan of every team in the NFL.

  4. So much responsibility it makes Todd’s heart race. Palpitations. If you don’t mind he’s just going to sit down for a bit and have a glass of water. Same thing that happened when he first started working at the bank. The fainting spells.

  5. Well, I did in fact fly over there from my LITTLE town of Brooklyn, NY in 2001 and realized that people in LA are float-around airheads whom’s sports fans dont pay attention to games and leave 2 hours early. When I spent the rest of my vaca in San Diego (which I found far nicer than LA) I saw how real and passionate the Chargers fans and even the Padres fans were. And i didnt realize how big your accelerated high school football had such great fans. We here in my SMALL town of Brooklyn, NY prefer to watch the big boys play.

  6. multiplemiggs says: Sep 7, 2013 5:53 PM

    Well, I did in fact fly over there from my LITTLE town of Brooklyn, NY in 2001 and realized that people in LA are float-around airheads whom’s sports fans dont pay attention to games and leave 2 hours early.

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    I, too, am able to draw conclusions about 10 million people from a few hours in a ballpark.

    As a result I know that everyone in Brooklyn is Spike Lee, or wishes he was Spike Lee.

  7. I eluded to this in another story but I am surprised the Chargers can’t sell out their home opener. It’s also unbelievable this stadium situation has gone on as long as it has.

    Florio is right about one thing. Time will eventually run out.

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