Chargers Stay In San Diego…This Year

The Chargers have an option in their lease at Qualcomm Stadium that allows them to break it before 2020 and move to another location.

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribunereported that the team will not exercise that clause, which can be exercised between February 1st and May 1st, this year, ensuring that they will remain as tenants for the 2012 season. The official announcement came on Monday morning.

The news isn’t a big surprise. The Chargers don’t have anywhere to move right now and there isn’t really a viable alternative to playing in Qualcomm unless or until a stadium in Los Angeles becomes a reality. According to Marc Fabiani, the Chargers’ general counsel, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

“It’s nothing new,” Fabiani said. “We made it clear to AEG long ago that we’re not interested in their site. We’ve had a contentious relationship with them since we said we didn’t believe they could get it done, and it certainly appears there’s no chance they can get any construction started in 2012.”

The Chargers want a new stadium in San Diego, but there has been very little movement toward that goal. State funds are tough to come by, there’s opposition from several different fronts and any project might have to get past voters this November. For now, the Chargers are staying put but the future is still uncertain without a new building to call their own.

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If construction begins in February 2013, the earliest the stadium would be open is September 2016. In the meantime the NFL team that relocates to Los Angeles would play in either the Coliseum or the Rose Bowl.

“This will be one of the most recognized and photographed buildings not only in Los Angeles but in the United States,” said Tim Romani, president of ICON Venue Group, the project management firm AEG hired for Farmers Field. “It is the best of both worlds. It is a facility that can host the greatest indoor events and outdoor events on the planet.”

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