New competition from the city of San Diego has prompted Escondido officials to suspend their pursuit of a stadium deal that could have brought the Chargers to inland North County, the North County Times reported.
The perceived viability of a newly proposed stadium site just east of Petco Park in downtown San Diego has persuaded Escondido officials to end several months of negotiations with Chargers officials and private developers who could help finance a stadium, Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler told the paper Tuesday.
But Pfeiler and a local attorney spearheading Escondido's stadium efforts said the city would resume its campaign for a stadium, which would be built just southeast of where Interstate 15 intersects Highway 78, if significant problems arise with the site near Petco.
Pfeiler said the decision to end negotiations was based primarily on two concerns: a strong desire not to compete against San Diego, and concerns about wasting time and money on a proposal that might go nowhere.
Read more: North County Times.