Chair of stadium task force to update council members
SAN DIEGO — The chairman of the advisory group tasked with recommending a site and financing plan for a new football stadium in San Diego is scheduled to provide an update Thursday to the City Council’s Economic Development Committee.
Adam Day is expected to provide an oral update but not issue a written report.
The nine-member task force has already recommended that a new playing facility for the Chargers, San Diego State University, the two college bowl games and special events should be located adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
Talk about the financing plan has centered on a package of monetary resources, which could avoid the need for a public vote requiring two-thirds approval to pass. City leaders and the Chargers still plan to seek a public mandate in an election next year, though with a lower threshold.
Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said earlier this week he’ll wait and see what the financing plan looks like. He’s already acquired land adjacent to the 405 freeway in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson in case an acceptable deal can’t be reached in San Diego.
The Chargers contend that 25 percent of their business comes from the L.A.-area, and recent moves by the owner of the St. Louis Rams to build a stadium in Inglewood, near the Los Angeles International Airport, forced their hand.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday that Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of Carson’s StubHub Center, warned Carson Mayor Jim Dear in a letter that fast-tracking a “deeply flawed” 72,000-seat NFL stadium proposal to avoid an extensive environmental analysis “is an open invitation to litigation.”
The six-page-letter outlined “numerous environmental and operational impacts” between the StubHub Center — home to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer — and the proposed football stadium site two miles away.
Backers of the stadium development in Carson are collecting signatures for a petition that would bring the project before the City Council faster.