By Cole Weinstein
On Friday January 29th, 2016, just 17 days after the Rams announced their return to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers announced that they would be staying in San Diego for the 2016-2017 NFL season. This came after much speculation that the Chargers would join the Rams as negotiations went extremely well between Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Chargers owner Dean Spanos. By staying in San Diego for another year the Chargers and Spanos are attempting to further negotiate a deal for a new stadium in San Diego.
As it stands now the Chargers will continue to look to get funding for a new stadium in Los Angeles or San Diego, which could cost upwards of $1 billion. As of now there are two proposed spots for the new stadium. The first is at the Mission Valley location where Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers’ current home of 49 years, is housed. The other option is a stadium in downtown San Diego next to Petco Park, where the Padres play. If the Chargers elect to build a stadium in San Diego they will receive $300 million from the NFL to help pay. The rest of the money will come from a mix of taxpayer money and internal revenue from the Chargers.
As far as the 2016 season goes, the Chargers will play their 50th season in Qualcomm Stadium. At this point anything can happen, but according to Spanos, “We are gonna give it a 100% effort to get a new stadium done here (San Diego).”
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