With the San Diego Chargers delivering over 110,000 signatures to City Hall today, it’s all but certain voters will be asked to approve a proposed downtown stadium for the team in a November referendum.
The team was required to provide 67,000 votes to put the proposal on the ballot. And while the signatures require verification from San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland, the overwhelming overage makes it likely the referendum will be on the ballot.
“On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers organization, we want to thank every registered San Diego City voter who signed the petition,” said Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos in a press statement. “We also want to thank representatives of organized labor – and particularly the unions of the Building Trades Council – for their significant help and support during this process. And we are grateful for the volunteer signature gathering work coordinated by the fan groups, including Save Our Bolts and the San Diego Stadium Coalition. The fan groups did a great job, as did the hundreds of other people who contacted us and volunteered to gather signatures.
“Most signature gathering efforts of this kind take six full months. We had just six weeks to complete our work,” Spanos continued. “The fact that we were able to collect more than 110,000 signatures in that short period of time demonstrates tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”
The Chargers are proposing a joint 65,000-seat stadium/convention center, with $1.15 billion in revenue for the project raised through a 6-percent hike in the area’s hotel tax. The team would pay $300 million toward the cost of the $1.8-million project.
Renderings courtesy San Diego Chargers and Manica Architecture.
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