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Old 04-21-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default San Diego Mayor Says Stadium Too Expensive

sound like the Penguins?? not really though at least the Pens have an answer in Isle of Capri....


By ALLISON HOFFMAN, Associated Press Writer

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SAN DIEGO - Cash-strapped San Diego doesn't have the money to help the Chargers build a new stadium, Mayor Jerry Sanders said Friday, opening the door for Southern California's only NFL team to leave the city it has called home for 45 years.

Sanders said he plans to ask the City Council to amend the Chargers' lease to allow the team to begin looking at sites elsewhere in San Diego County before the end of the year. If the team fails to find a new home in the county before Jan. 1, the Chargers would be free to negotiate a deal anywhere in the country.

The Chargers can leave San Diego after the 2008 season if they pay off the approximately $60 million in bonds the city issued in 1997 to expanded Qualcomm Stadium.

"I do not think it would be prudent or honest for me to say to taxpayers 'We can't resurface our roadways, but we can finance a stadium,'" the mayor said.

Chula Vista and Oceanside, two smaller cities south and north of San Diego, have been mentioned as possible new homes within the county.

San Diego is facing what the mayor called a financial and a managerial crisis, which includes a $1.4 billion city employee pension fund deficit and federal investigations into city finances.

The Chargers have been in San Diego since 1961, the year after they started playing in Los Angeles under the ownership of hotel magnate Barron Hilton.

Last year, the team proposed building a $450 million stadium as part of a commercial development the Qualcomm site, but dropped the plan because it could not find developers to share the estimated $800 million upfront costs. The team offered to pay for the stadium and traffic improvements, but wanted the city to give it 60 acres for development to recoup its costs.

Earlier this year, the mayor of San Antonio signaled that his city would welcome the Chargers to fill the Alamodome, where the displaced New Orleans Saints played three games last season.
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Default Re: San Diego Mayor Says Stadium Too Expensive

That's a cry for MOVE THE CHARGERS TO THE LA COLESIUM
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Old 04-22-2006, 07:31 AM   #3
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Ladies and gentleman, I present you the 2007 LA Chargers.
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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C'mon Chargers please move to somewhere in Pennsylvania!!

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Old 04-22-2006, 02:03 PM   #6
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Harrisburg or central PA in general is not big enough to host an NFL team. It would be fun to see the "Harrisburg Chargers" I think PA is full with the two teams it has already. Hershey has the Bears (farm team- Colorado Avelanche) and Harrisburg has the Senators (AA team - Washington Nationals) as well as an outdoor soccer team called the "City Islanders."

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Default Re: San Diego Mayor Says Stadium Too Expensive

I hope they can find a place in San Diego County.

But yeah,looks like they will move into LA more than likley,due to pressure from the league office.
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As long as they don't turn into the San Diego Chargers of Aneheim, i'm fine with it.
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What does that mean?

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Default Re: San Diego Mayor Says Stadium Too Expensive

Like that stupid stuff they did the Angels. You know, the Baseball team. Instead of the just calling them the Los Angeles Angels, they called them the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim. Just don't want a stupid name like that for the Chargers.
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