[This is my "rerun day" for June.
Following is an article written last fall about the
San Diego Chargers stadium issue. Currently, the
team is in discussions with the San Diego City
Council about whether or not a stadium initiative
will appear on the ballot in the foreseeable
Qualcomm Stadium: Is San Diego Supercharged or
By Michael Strickland
Motions, University of San Diego School of
The Chargers want a new stadium.
Over the past decade, 17 new football stadiums
have sprouted up across the country. Five new
stadiums opened for business this season alone.
It's understandable why Chargers owner Alex Spanos
wants one for his organization; everyone else is
Also understandable is the lack of public
support for the issue. Just five years ago,
Qualcomm Stadium underwent a $78 million
renovation, $60 million of which was publicly
funded. In addition, a controversial "ticket
guarantee" clause in the Chargers' current contract
has cost San Diego taxpayers over $28 million since
1995. Add the fact that the team hasn't had a
winning record since that same year, and it becomes
obvious why the organization is facing an uphill
For law students, the stadium issue has
something for just about everyone: contract law,
sports law, property law, land use planning and
more than a little local politics. At the heart of
the matter is the Chargers' 1995 contract with the
city, which contains a loophole that gives the
organization a certain degree of leverage over the
In July, Mayor Dick Murphy formed the Citizens'
Task Force on Chargers Issues to investigate
"fiscally responsible" ways to keep the team in San
Diego. A number of local attorneys serve on the
task force, including Karen Heumann, a 1997 USD
graduate. Next February, the task force will submit
their final report to the city council.
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