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San Diego developer offers plan to build “alternative” stadium

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  A view of the exterior of Qualcomm Stadium before a game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL lost an important piece of leverage for future stadium deals by allowing two teams to go to Los Angeles.

But if one San Diego resident has his way, the city that just lost one of those teams could take over as the next threat for relocation.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, developer (and former owner of the Union-Tribune) Doug Manchester has contacted the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell about his desire to build a privately financed stadium on the site of decrepit Qualcomm Stadium.

Manchester told Goodell he had “assembled a powerful group of associates” to develop the property, and that they could “provide an immediate alternative” for the Raiders if their Las Vegas deal craps out, or for other teams looking for a new place to play.

There was an overriding sense that no one really wanted the Chargers to go to Los Angeles (on either end of the transaction), but the lack of a stadium deal seemed to make it inevitable. And with the city unwilling to come up with the money, it appears Manchester is willing to do what Chargers owner Dean Spanos would not — finance his own stadium there.

“Our group will provide the funds previously allocated to be provided by the City of San Diego and guarantee the stadium’s expeditious construction,” the letter read. “Accordingly, this project will not require voter approval.”

They also promised to upgrade Qualcomm Stadium and provide new scoreboards during the construction of the new stadium. Now we get to see whether the offer is considered a serious one by the league, and whether anyone is willing to take them up on it.

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31 Responses to “San Diego developer offers plan to build “alternative” stadium”
  1. cardinealsfan20 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:03 AM

    So San Diegians are upset that the Chargers left, but they’re more than happy to accept a team that leaves another city? Got it.

  2. jxt2521 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:10 AM

    where was this guy when the chargers were struggling to find help to stay?

  3. cardinealsfan20 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:14 AM

    There is a glaring factual error in this article. “It appears that Manchester is willing to do what Chargers owner Dean Spanos would not – finance his own stadium there.”

    It is well known that Spanos lacks the wealth to finance his own stadium. In other words, the story should read “could not” instead of “would not”. Perpetuating the myth spread by the uneducated that Spanos could have financed a new San Diego stadium does not help the situation.

  4. bigdog2372 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:22 AM

    This is how every stadium should work. Privately financed.

  5. dolfan1 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:55 AM

    San Diego Raiders!

  6. TheDPR says: Feb 15, 2017 8:22 AM

    Even if no team settles there, it could be an occasional spot for a ‘home away from home’ game for either LA team, kind of like Toronto and Milwaukee have done in the past.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:41 AM

    Where was this nitwit a month ago? Ya know, when cash to keep a team in San Diego was kinda needed…

  8. jjackwagon says: Feb 15, 2017 8:51 AM

    “…a privately financed stadium…”

    Wow! What a novel and innovative idea!

  9. donbat67 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM

    So you won’t build a stadium for the Chargers but now you can build on for the Raiders ?????

  10. sportoficionado says: Feb 15, 2017 9:15 AM

    If you build it they will come, San Diego is a beautiful city, great weather–the residents are meh but the girls are hot.

  11. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 9:31 AM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:14 AM

    There is a glaring factual error in this article. “It appears that Manchester is willing to do what Chargers owner Dean Spanos would not – finance his own stadium there.”

    It is well known that Spanos lacks the wealth to finance his own stadium. In other words, the story should read “could not” instead of “would not”. Perpetuating the myth spread by the uneducated that Spanos could have financed a new San Diego stadium does not help the situation.
    ——————————————
    Well, he somehow managed to turn his $80 million Chargers investment into over a billion thanks in large part to San Diego’s fans and tax payers – are you seriously trying to suggest that this billionaire could not raise funds for a new (or at least revamped) stadium? With the help the league was offering too – of course he could. He just thinks he can make even more milking a potentially bigger market and bigger well of tax-payers.

  12. wahoo21 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:13 AM

    Doug Manchester is a builder and could break ground in 60 days if he really needed to and have it done and anybody who knows him knows this is a legit deal….see the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    As for Dean Spanos….he never built anything in his life…he got it all from his father Alex Spanos

    I’ll wait for all of the other experts to weigh in but if your aren’t from San Diego then you really don’t know anything about whats really going in San Diego.

  13. cardinealsfan20 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:15 AM

    @streeyson – Try to understand something about finances. Yes, Spanos is a billionaire. Yes, most of his wealth consists of the Chargers. That means his assets are illiquid. Liquidity is needed to finance stadium construction.

    And let’s preempt your next incorrect argument regarding the relocation fee. That fee is payable over 10 years. In other words, Spanos doesn’t need $650 million up front to move.

  14. cardinealsfan20 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:20 AM

    Spanos also tripled the value of his team simply by relocating a few miles north. Sounds like a pretty smart move.

  15. joetoronto says: Feb 15, 2017 11:03 AM

    donbat67 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM
    So you won’t build a stadium for the Chargers but now you can build on for the Raiders ?????
    **************************************
    Simple, the Raiders have a fanbase.

  16. captainwhodat says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    is well known that Spanos lacks the wealth to finance his own stadium. In other words, the story should read “could not” instead of “would not”. Perpetuating the myth spread by the uneducated that Spanos could have financed a new San Diego stadium does not help the situation.
    I guess that I am one of the uneducated but I googled and found this on first attempt:
    Alex Spanos/Net worth2.4 billion USD 2017
    As a real estate developer, Spanos knows how to deal with banks…and I believe he could have financed a new San Diego stadium…lets see, worth of Charges and new stadium, how much would he increase his net worth when, in the future, he sold the team…

  17. captainwhodat says: Feb 15, 2017 11:11 AM

    oh, and how much does a new nfl stadium cost:
    again, I googled: The three newest pro football stadiums have cost $720 million (Lucas Oil Stadium, 2008), $1.15 billion (Cowboys Stadium, 2009) and $1.6 billion (MetLife Stadium, 2010).
    He sure could of financed if he chose to…

  18. brassknuckles47 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:29 PM

    For all the uneducated creatons who state something like: “Where was this guy a month ago”, or: “where was that nitwit…”, etc…
    Understand that it takes time to find investors and to negotiate contract specifics. This new ‘group of associates’ may not have gotten these committments together before the deadline. PLUS< Dean Spanos had final say on anything that happened at the Qualcom location. He wanted a stadium in downtown San Diego, and is rumored to have stopped all Mission Valley proposals.
    Even though San Diego lost the Chargers we are better off without having a terrible owner like Dean Spanos. The NFL loves San Diego too much to be without a team for too long.

  19. theevillain says: Feb 15, 2017 2:07 PM

    My question is what does Manchester get out of this deal? I would assume partial ownership perhaps? No one invests that much into a project unless they can expect a significant return on their investment.

  20. buckyhamm says: Feb 15, 2017 6:32 PM

    Bozo Manchester where were you during years long debate on this … Way to be a hero now.

    (Me) Hey everyone I’m willing to pay for the whole stadium and give it to the city for free ! (patting myself on the back for being a hero)

  21. jimboism64 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:52 PM

    I’m just guessing this guy is a raider fan!
    But let’s see what happens in March.
    This man is a smart man and he knows that this deal could make him some money. GO RAIDERS IN SAN DIEGO..

  22. jmar666 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:28 PM

    San Diego Raiders makes to much sense in my opinion, so many Raider fans living in San Diego already and previous Charger fans ready to jump ship. NFL wants to grow in Mexico what better team and city to do so.

  23. ak185 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:41 PM

    Nobody wanted the Chargers to leave, but nobody wanted to have to work with Spanos either. And I totally agree with them.

  24. mdintino1420 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:08 PM

    Too little, too late. San Diego isn’t an NFL city anymore. The stadium should have been built when the Chargers were there. This is as lame as the Lott group offer.

    San Diego lost their team when they voted down measure C. It is their loss. Now they are an ex NFL city.

  25. mdintino1420 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:11 PM

    Mark Davis is not interested in San Diego. He wants the bright lights and glitter of Las Vegas. That is where the Raiders will go.

  26. bemylovetractor says: Feb 15, 2017 10:59 PM

    Wow, for the Raiders, how embarrassing, humiliating and emasculating having to go dumpstah diving in the waste lands of the AFC West. Marky, just sell, baby!

  27. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says: Feb 16, 2017 5:41 AM

    oetoronto says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:03 AM

    donbat67 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM
    So you won’t build a stadium for the Chargers but now you can build on for the Raiders ?????
    **************************************
    Simple, the Raiders have a fanbase.
    ____________________________________
    Yeah, and their fans watch the games under tarps. LOL! Way to rep Nayshun!

  28. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says: Feb 16, 2017 5:43 AM

    Sad how the once Iconic Raiders are now dumpster diving in the abandoned waste lands of the AFC West. Mark, just sell Baby! Sell before the NFL takes over your team.

  29. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 16, 2017 9:28 AM

    California RAIDERS 🙂

  30. blahblahsandiego619 says: Feb 17, 2017 6:54 PM

    In a heartbeat I would be a San Diego Raider fan now knowing about how terrible Spanos is. If there is a chance to stick it to the Spanos family for leaving, they never invested $1 back into San Diego all the time they were here, and fire sold their franchise for many years to leave fans waiting and hoping all while trying to get tax payers to foot a Stadium for someone who doesn’t give a rip about us, good riddens. Welcome Raiders to S.D.!!!q

  31. r8dernation says: Feb 18, 2017 5:45 PM

    mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says:
    Feb 16, 2017 5:43 AM

    Sad how the once Iconic Raiders are now dumpster diving in the abandoned waste lands of the AFC West. Mark, just sell Baby! Sell before the NFL takes over your team.
    ____________________________

    Green is not a good color for you.

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