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SAN DIEGO -- Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos sent a letter to supporters early Wednesday morning after voters in San Diego did not approve the ballot measure to fund a downtown football stadium for the Chargers.

Dean Spanos, President and CEO of the San Diego Chargers, looks on from the sidelines late in the game against the Denver Broncos. (Getty Images)

Dean Spanos, President and CEO of the San Diego Chargers, looks on from the sidelines late in the game against the Denver Broncos. (Getty Images)

The ballot measure would have raised hotel room taxes to partially fund a downtown football stadium for the Chargers, but support fell well short of the two-thirds that was required.

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Spanos, in a message to Chargers fans, thanked everyone who supported the measure, and said the team's future hasn't yet been decided.

"In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it's just too early to give you an answer," Spanos said. "We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste."

The following letter was sent after midnight to Season Ticket Members and Chargers fans:

Despite the fact that Measure C failed to receive a two-thirds majority, I wanted to reach out right away with a very sincere thank you for your loyal support as a fan and for considering our initiative.

There is much we can be proud of tonight: the 110,000 residents who qualified the measure in just six short weeks; the vocal and passionate support from our fan groups and corporate partners; the strong endorsements and hard work of numerous civic, business, and labor leaders; and the heartfelt efforts of our alumni and players.

In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it’s just too early to give you an answer. We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste.

The outpouring of support from friends like you, and so many others, has been heartwarming throughout the campaign and I will continue to be mindful of that in the weeks ahead.

Thank you, again, for believing in the Chargers. Everyone on the team and in my family appreciates your loyal support and continued patience, and we look forward to an exciting rest of the season.

Sincerely,
Dean A. Spanos