One of the oldest stadiums in the NFL soon might be going away if the people of San Diego are willing to set aside the money to do it. With Santa Clara residents earlier this month approving the measure to begin building a new $937 million stadium for the 49ers, the San Diego City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to set aside $550,000 to study a way perhaps to do the same in downtown San Diego.
That, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune , could help pave the way for a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium – which opened in 1967 – in the next few years.
As Matthew T. Hall writes:
Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has spearheaded the team’s stadium search since 2002, called Tuesday’s San Diego City Council vote pivotal.
He called the “yes” vote a necessary step forward, but said a “no” vote would have been “a pretty clear message” — essentially a door closed in the Chargers’ face.
After years of looking elsewhere, Fabiani and Mayor Jerry Sanders support a 10-acre site downtown, bounded by 14th, 16th and K streets and Imperial Avenue. The stadium is estimated to cost up to $800 million, excluding the costs of finding a new home for a bus yard on site and cleaning up contamination once estimated to top $100 million.
The project may appear on a public ballot in 2012.
If you like artists' renderings of what the future of San Diego could look like, click here . I don’t know downtown San Diego all that well, so the drawing doesn’t mean much to me. But still, kind of cool.
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