12 Steps San Diego Has Taken Toward Building a New Stadium Since Mayor Faulconer's State of the City Address 12 Weeks Ago
“We still have more work to do, but San Diego clearly has made more progress in the last 12 weeks than it did during the last 12 years,” CSAG’s Day said. “You can bet it’s something I’m going to point out when we meet with the NFL next week.”
More progress has been made in last 12 weeks than last 12 years, when Chargers first introduced plans for a new stadium
Although the stadium issue has been around a dozen years, it’s not accurate to suggest any one person or issue is to blame. Multiple factors played a role, including the infamous “ticket guarantee” between the city and the team, which cost San Diego taxpayers millions of dollars and wasn’t lifted until the 2004 season. The City also was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy because of a pension crisis it has since resolved. The real estate collapse was a significant factor, as was the Great Recession.
“None of that, however, is important,” Day said. “What matters is today, and today we have a new Mayor showing tremendous leadership, and an Advisory Group making real progress. You can feel the momentum.”
Day added: “It’s also important to remember that Dean Spanos is a San Diegan. His heart is here and so is his family. Mr. Spanos and his father, Alex Spanos, and the rest of their family, have given back to this community and watched it grow over 3 decades. They’ve raised their families here, they’ve supported local charities, and they’ve hosted 3 Super Bowls. There is no denying this – Their team brings San Diegans together. It’s important that we present Mr. Spanos with a fair and workable plan.”
Mr. Grubman and Mark Fabiani are scheduled to meet with CSAG's Adam Day, Jason Hughes, Jessie Knight, Walt Ekard, and Tony Manolatos during the morning of April 14 in downtown San Diego.
Local business and civic leaders reached out to CSAG to request a meeting with Mr. Grubman while he's in town to talk to him about the economic vitality of our mega region. Mr. Grubman told CSAG he would be happy to meet with leaders from San Diego and Baja California during his next visit to San Diego, which he expects to make in early May.
Mr. Grubman also said CSAG and/or the City will be given the opportunity to present to the “Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities” made up of six NFL owners. That meeting will likely occur sometime this summer.
Contact: Tony Manolatos