Continuing negotiations over a new San Diego Chargers stadium may land the issue on the county ballot in 2016.
The football team’s administration has renewed talks with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s staff, according to Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani.
He said the November 2016 presidential election would be the earliest chance to allow county residents to vote on a stadium proposal. The project’s final price tag could top $1 billion.
A new home for the Chargers has been a team priority since 2002, but turmoil at City Hall, namely the resignation of former Mayor Bob Filner, has halted progress on talks.
Now that a new mayor is installed, leaders will be weighing possible locations and gathering funding for the potential project.
The football rumor mill has churned out speculative sites, including the East Village, Sports Arena area and Mission Valley.
The lure of hosting future Super Bowls – and reaping the tourism dollars from them – adds extra incentive to see the plan through.