Chargers To Remain In San Diego For 2016

SAN DIEGO( AP) — Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will play in in 2016, and he’ll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter battle over a new .

Spanos’ statement was posted on the team website soon after a report said the Chargers had reached a deal to join the in a stadium expected to open in Inglewood in 2019.

“I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of prospect, ” Spanos’ statement said.

The development was a relief to fans who feared the Chargers would leave their home of 55 seasons and join the Rams in Los Angeles in the fall.

Spanos said he hoped the Chargers would remain in San Diego “for the long term in a new stadium.”

He said he had met with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron Roberts “and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma. We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.

“This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and offer the world-class stadium experience you deserve, ” Spanos said. “Everyone on the two sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.”

Spanos’ announcement arrived just more than two weeks after NFL proprietors voted to approve Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plans to build a stadium in Inglewood near Los Angeles. A vying proposal by Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to build a stadium in Carson was defeated.

While the owners gave Spanos the option to relocate to Los Angeles, the league said the Chargers and Raiders would each get an additional $100 million to try to get new stadium deals in their home marketplaces. That money is in addition to a $200 million loan from the league available to each team.

“We are very supportive of government decisions by Dean Spanos to continue his efforts in San Diego and work with local leaders to develop a permanent stadium answer, ” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “NFL ownership has committed $300 million to assist in the cost of constructing a new stadium in San Diego. I have pledged the league’s full supporting in helping Dean to fulfill his goal.”

Faulconer has held firm to his offer of $350 million in public money for a new stadium at the site of aging Qualcomm Stadium. He has also insisted that the measure be approved by voters.

Read the full statement below 😛 TAGEND

Dear Chargers Fans,

Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for the long term in a new stadium.

I have met with Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Roberts and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma. We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.

This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and offer the world-class stadium experience you deserve.

Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.

I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of possibility.

With deep appreciation for your years of support,

Dean A. Spanos
Chairman

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