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County, City Vote to Split Cost of Stadium Consultants



    City, County Leaders Talk Stadium Costs

    San Diego County and city leaders are looking into what they can do to keep the Chargers in San Diego. Both groups looked at a memorandum agreement this morning that would split the costs for lawyers and consultants for stadium planning purposes. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez reports. (Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015)

    San Diego County officials and the city council voted Tuesday to split the costs of consultants that will be hired to negotiate the proposed NFL stadium.

    At their weekly meeting, county supervisors discussed the importance of working to keep the San Diego Chargers from relocating to Carson, a city near Los Angeles.

    Two months ago, locals learned the team had entered into an agreement with the Oakland Raiders that would build a joint-use stadium if deals could not be reached with each team's respective city.

    The memorandum with the City approved Tuesday would be similar to what both the city and county did to build then-Jack Murphy stadium which is known as Qualcomm Stadium today.

    All Board of Supervisors said they would approve the city and county agreement to pay up to $250,000 each to support finding the best lawyers and consultants that could come up with a stadium plan that makes sense for the city.

    Tuesday afternoon, the San Diego City Council gave its OK to the county-city memorandum as well.

    One thing that was a concern for a couple of the leaders was the financial uncertainty of the costs of a new stadium.

    Supervisor Diane Jacob and Dave Roberts said they don't want a new stadium to come at the expense of taxpayers.

    Supervisor Ron Roberts said Tuesday's vote is the first small step to make a new Charger stadium in San Diego a reality.

    (Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated the city and county voted to split the costs of the stadium. That is not the case, rather the city and county will split costs of consultants hired to negotiate the proposed plan for the stadium.)