City, County to Partner in Chargers’ Stadium Plans

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The City of San Diego will partner with San Diego County to seek stadium options to keep the Chargers in town, officials announced on Thursday.

Faulconer has already developed a stadium advisory group to explore options for a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers. Thursday’s announcement of a partnership between the city and county entails that the costs in finding a new stadium will be split between city and county government.

“Clearly, having our own experts on board to evaluate a potential new stadium is critical to protecting the interests of county taxpayers,” County Supervisor Ron Roberts said in a joint city-county news release.

The news release said the city and county will each pay half the costs to retain consultants, attorneys and other experts to develop a stadium plan. Both the city and county won’t contribute more than $250,000 in these efforts.

The board of supervisors and city councilors are expected to vote to pass the agreement early next month.

The mayor’s advisory group has already chosen the current Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley as the best location for a new stadium. The group will release a financing plan in May.

Meanwhile, the group Carson2gether delivered a petition with thousands of signatures to Carson City Hall in its attempt to get an NFL stadium built in that area.

Local political leaders have emphasized they want to see the Chargers stay in San Diego.

“The San Diego Chargers are an important asset for the entire county, not just the city,” City Councilor Scott Sherman said in a news release. “In order to keep our team in the region, it is important that the city and county come together to find the best deal for taxpayers and the NFL.”

The city also is expected to select a financing option next month from an investment banker. Five firms have responded to the city’s request for financing proposals.

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