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Actually, no. You cannot break a lease to move in the NFL. Even the Raiders had to wait until their lease expired, and the Browns/Ravens were able to negotiate a buyout. The Vikings have a while to go on their lease, and Minneapolis doesn't seem interested in a buyout to lose their team. Especially with the NFL leaning away from replacement expansion teams.
The Vikings lease ends at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

The Vikings are in the same boat as the Chargers. They have virtually no leverage.

The Industry stadium proposal would be more appealing to prospective NFL franchises in terms of costs. The stadium uses less steel (it is largely built into a mountainside), is on a wide open piece of land, and doesn't have a roof or need to accommodate basketball/trade conventions. Furthermore, the site appears to be large enough to house team headquarters/training facilities:



The wild card in regards to Industry is Ed Roski and what he will demand from prospective tenants to give up his land for the stadium.

From an owner's point of view, the best site for a new stadium in Southern California may still be Chavez Ravine, all things considered (the McCourt divorce complicates that option).
 

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People forget that the whole point of building a new stadium is to own it and make bank on them with all the luxury boxes and whatnot. I'm pretty sure that AEG would cut into those profits.
That's a good point. Supposedly AEG was going to buy out the Chargers. But there was a specific deadline for the option to buy the 37% of the Chargers still owned by Alex Spanos (his four kids each own another 15%), and they fumbled the deal. So unless they can buy out another team, Farmers Field might turn into a bit of a white elephant.

One thing that I wondered about was that the Spanos fortune came from construction services. Why don't they actually contract to build the proposal out in City of Industry, and in lieu of payment take an ownership share of the stadium?
 

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That's a good point. Supposedly AEG was going to buy out the Chargers. But there was a specific deadline for the option to buy the 37% of the Chargers still owned by Alex Spanos (his four kids each own another 15%), and they fumbled the deal. So unless they can buy out another team, Farmers Field might turn into a bit of a white elephant.
Spanos was trying to sell his share due to estate planning purposes since he's in bad health nowadays.

But since Obama extended the Bush tax cuts there's no immediate need to sell his share.
 

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More Chargers stadium news..Spanos and Mayor Sanders talk $$$$

Mayor and Chargers talk alternate stadium financing

Mayor, Chargers explore alternate stadium funding
Without redevelopment, NFL, options still exist

By Roger Showley

Monday, March 7, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.

Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers President Dean Spanos explored alternatives Monday to financing a new stadium yesterday if funds from the NFL and downtown redevelopment evaporate.

In their first meeting since October, according to a joint statement, Sanders, Spanos and other city staff and outside interests reviewed the status of state efforts to eliminate redevelopment agencies and with that, no automatic access to downtown property taxes to cover what might be a $950 million program.

They also took note of the NFL's ongoing salary negotiations with players and the possibility that the league will not have funds available to help finance new stadiums, including for San Diego.

"The Chargers and the mayor’s Office will continue to work together as these important issues are resolved," the statement said.

A mayoral spokesman said no further meetings have been scheduled but staff will stay in close contact in coming weeks.

This was the first official meeting between Sanders and Spanos since Oct. 6. Besides those two, participants included the mayor's top two staff members, chief of staff Julie Dubick and, deputy chief Amee Faucett, communications chief Darren Pudgil; Fred Maas, former chairman and acting president of the Centre City Development Corp.; and Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' counsel on the stadium project.

Maas has talked of developing a sports and entertainment district along with the stadium that could extend from Petco down to the waterfront. He is modeling his idea on Los Angeles' LA Live complex, where developers and city of Los Angeles also are considering adding a football stadium.

Rick Bach, chairman of the Downtown San Diego Partnership who was not in attendance, said the project may have to rely solely on private investment, as is the case with the proposed two stadiums in Los Angeles.

"I don't knokw in the Chargers' case where that money would come from -- probably, it's a whole different cast of characters for San Diego," said Bach, who leads the local office of Turner Construction.

Meanwhile, he said, his group is focused on trying to save redevelopment from elimination by the state.

"Keeping redevelopment alive is our highest priority alive right now," he said. "If that goes away, it's a game changer for us and it really changes our entire strategic plan."

The Chargers have been counting on covering most of the $800 million cost of the stadium with the use of redevelopment and NFL support. Another $150 million already has been budgeted to clean up the proposed site at 14th and K streets, current location of the city bus yard.

Lately, Fabiani has spoken of backup sources, such as city real estate assets, such as the sports arena in the Midway area, Qualcomm Stadium and downtown properties. They might be serve as collateral for a city bond to cover costs. But the source of debt repayment has not yet been pinpointed.

The Chargers have been searching for a new stadium site for years, starting with Mission Valley and redevelopment of the Qualcomm, property, then the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, Chula Vista bayfront and a golf course in Oceanside and a site as well in Escondido.

The downtown site has become the last-ditch candidate if the team is remain in San Diego.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles developers have been putting together stadium plans there and hoping to lure a team, such as Chargers, to move to a state-of-the-art venue in the nation's second largest city.

The Chargers have repeatedly said they prefer to stay in San Diego, but their current contract allows them to exercise a short option period to break the contract and leave town.

And for each year they don't leave, their payback requirement reduces on the remaining debt from the 1996 Qualcomm expansion.

[email protected], (619) 293-1286; Twitter: rmshowley; Facebook: Roger Showley
 

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..and this statement from Mayor Sanders of San Diego.

Mayor and Chargers talk alternate stadium financing

Sanders, Spanos statement on Chargers stadium, March 7, 2011

Sanders, Spanos Meet to Discuss Downtown Stadium

The Mayor’s Office and the San Diego Chargers released the following statement today regarding this morning’s meeting between Mayor Sanders and Chargers President -CEO Dean Spanos:

Mayor Jerry Sanders and Dean Spanos of the Chargers met today at Chargers Park to discuss the progress of stadium efforts in downtown San Diego. The meeting focused on the future of redevelopment and the proposed changes out of Sacramento, the future of the NFL’s G3 stadium loan program after the League’s Collective Bargaining negotiations are resolved, and financing alternatives in the event that the City and the Chargers do not ultimately have access to redevelopment funding and/or G3 funding. The Chargers and the Mayor’s Office will continue to work together as these important issues are resolved.
 

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I think the final deal will end up giving the city-owned land in Sports Arena and/or Qualcomm to Spanos so he can redevelop it and make money off of it.
 

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I think the final deal will end up giving the city-owned land in Sports Arena and/or Qualcomm to Spanos so he can redevelop it and make money off of it.
San Diego is already the largest US city without any semblance of a modern indoor arena. So if they nuke the ugly monstrosity near Mission Bay, what do they have left as far as indoor venues?
 

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San Diego is already the largest US city without any semblance of a modern indoor arena. So if they nuke the ugly monstrosity near Mission Bay, what do they have left as far as indoor venues?
Hey.. I use to live about 4 blocks form that joint!!

Enywho.. San Diego has the Veijas Arena home of the SDSU Aztecs. Capacity >>> 12,414 for basketball and up to 12,845 for concerts.





Welcome to Viejas Arena

And I realized that you asked about indoor faclicities however in Chula Vista the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre(outdoors) is used for many, many top line music events.



From wiki
The Amphitheatre features 9,468 chairback seats and 10,024 lawn seats. During the spring, summer and fall months it is used for most first-tier concert tours, due primarily to its capacity (there are more seats at the Amphitheatre than at the San Diego Sports Arena.)
 

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I forgot this for SD indoor facilities..

RIMAC Arena capacity 5,000. University of California San Diego, it is home to the university's Tritons basketball team.

Jenny Craig Pavilion capacity 5,100. Know as the "Slim Gym". It is the home of the University of San Diego Toreros men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. And other events.
 

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San Diego Stadium Master Plan

Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego California.





Description from the Architects is embedded within the following images, in the following order.

























 

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So their new stadium plan is Veterans Stadium on the inside and a futuristic volcano on the outside?
 

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I get the feeling that the stadium is just a place holder and the landscape/plaza design was their focus. San Diego seems smarter than looking to the future of circular cookie cutters.
 

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Looks like if the full plan goes through the Trolley will be underground for a few blocks.
If you look carefully, the trolley line stays at original ground level. The west side of the stadium design has a land fill earthen slope, with the line getting a 'cut and cover' appearance. Look at the "aerial" shot where the radiating rows of purple trees are pointing right at you.
 

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I like it!

I don't think it's necessarily "cookie-cutter" for one since we don't see any circular stadiums in the NFL other than any more and two, the interior looks like it's paying homage to The Q... sort of.

The exterior looks like an Asian design, and I like it. Chances are, this isn't the final design, in fact I'm willing to bet my $378 pay check on it. But I like it.
 
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