The Chargers say the soaring costs of financing and materials make it almost impossible to replace Qualcomm. The team has a lease with the city through 2020 to play at the stadium. They can relocate by paying off about $55 million in city debt, starting in February.
There's another road block. The four new council members who will be sworn in next month are against a public subsidy. That means the team would have to privately finance a new stadium.