“We will have a real plan to consider for San Diego’s team,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer during his State of the City address speech last Wednesday. “This is San Diegos team and San Diegans will have a final say by a public vote.”
Faulconer plans to hire a group of “civic leaders” to weigh both options and come up with a funding plan by fall.
One option up for consideration is the idea to bring the new arena to downtown as an extension to the Convention Center.
“The water, the restaurants, the beautiful sites and that’s always a draw,” said Real Estate Broker Melissa Cizauskas.
Pros include easy access to hotels, Lindbergh field and the trolley station, but the cons could outweigh the positives according to Cizauskas.
For starters Cizauskas explained that downtown isn’t best for tailgating events and lacks parking options.
“I think if you pull it east from the downtown location it will draw more industry to the east part of the county,” said Cizauskas who believes Mission Valley has more potential for growth. “And that’s great for business overall. New condos like they have downtown with Petco Park ... its done well for the Padres and moving east will generate more income for business owners and stimulate the economy with restaurants, hotels and create new development for new homeowners.”
Cons for Mission Valley also include limited bars and restaurants, traffic on Friars road as well as congestion with the building of a new stadium.
The plan to replace the 47-year-old stadium came in 2002 with then Mayor Dick Murphy.