Developers proposing a 30,000 seat soccer stadium in Mission Valley released an image of the concept Tuesday as they prepare to begin collecting signatures in support of their plan.
The group, FS Investors, is hoping the City of San Diego will approve its plan to bring soccer to the site occupied by Qualcomm Stadium. The land is up for grabs after Dean Spanos moved his professional football team to Los Angeles.
The so-called "Soccer City SD" project would include nearly 5,000 residential units, two hotels, office space, and a 55-acre river park along with the soccer stadium.
On Wednesday, signature gatherers will begin to asking voters to support the plan. The City of San Diego requires signatures from at least 5 percent of registered voters before a referendary petition may be submitted.
Once submitted, the petition may be approved by councilmembers or put up for a public vote.
The project is likely to face challenges from other developers and environmental groups.
FS Investors, the group behind the project, is hoping the city will bypass a public vote and fast track the project by the end of summer.
Major League Soccer (MLS) will decide by the fall on whether San Diego will be awarded a franchise.