Posted May 21, 2013

Chargers CEO: Team won’t move to Los Angeles

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The Chargers CEO says he is committed to San Diego. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The Chargers CEO says he is committed to staying in San Diego. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

San Diego Chargers president and CEO Dean Spanos said Tuesday that his team won’t move to Los Angeles and expressed a firm commitment to the city, reports NFL.com.

Spanos says the team will continue to search for options to replace Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967.  Los Angeles has not had a team since the Raiders moved to Oakland and the Rams moved to St. Louis after the 1994 season.

“I’ve said this the last 10 years. The Chargers belong in San Diego,” Spanos said. “That’s where we want to be. We’re going to continue to try to get something done in San Diego.”

“Obviously, we know what’s going on up in L.A., but we have never used L.A. as leverage against the city of San Diego,” he said. “I won’t do that. Like I said, our goal is to be in the city of San Diego and we’ll continue to try to get something done there.”

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Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Staples Center in L.A., previously was reported to be interested in building a new stadium near the L.A. Live entertainment complex, possibly for a football team. This concept appears to be at a standstill for now. Spanos insisted that issue has no bearing on the Chargers’ plans.


8 comments
David50
David50

if they build a new stadium they should make it very small so the games will sell out. because no body goes to see the Chargers.

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

I like what Drudown says, but still hate the NFL for boycotting us coz of the Q. It is still a viable venue and SD is one of THEEEEE best host cities! And we do it with NO dome!!!!! We do need a new stadium, look what Petco did for SD amid all the negativity!!!! Get with the program, the longer we wait the more we lose!!!!!

Go Pads!

drudown
drudown

The Chargers' ownership is cheap, yes; however, my fellow taxpayers in San Diego are being incredibly shortsighted with regards to ponying up some (not all) $ for a new stadium. Given we live in arguably one of the top three "destination" cities in the US, a "new" stadium would always be at the top of the list for Super Bowls...and many, many other events. Whether you like it or not, or know it or not, the fiscal well-being of cities is largely determined by retail tax and TOT revenue. Why in the flip would you let the Chargers walk? Makes zero sense.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Good. I'm glad the Spangoofs made that announcement.  I'd rather they stay in San Diego, whining to the City Council over stuff they are more than capable of paying for themselves.

mark-rojas
mark-rojas

Lets get us a new stadium, then we can host every other Super Bowl like the good old days. 

brian.haslip
brian.haslip

 @Ciscos I'd rather we just sell off the Padres and retrofit Petco for the Chargers. At least the Chargers try to be relevant every year.