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Chargers to Explore National City Stadium Site

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Aired 4/19/09

The San Diego Chargers got the green light today from the Port Commission to go ahead and explore a possible stadium site in National City near the bay. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

In spite of protests from ship repair companies and the transcontinental railway that currently occupy the site, port commissioners say a stadium could be squeezed in.

Many hurdles remain, but Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani says it’s a positive step.  

Fabiani: I think it’s very significant because the Port Commission concluded it was possible physically without interfering with the Port’s maritime functions. Now, can we do the rest of everything that we need to do? We’re a long way from making that happen.

Fabiani says the Chargers could build what they need on 32 acres of the 52 acre site.

He says the team can now negotiate with National City to see if the city has underutilized land to offer for development to privately finance the stadium.

National City says it’s likely the county would have to chip in development opportunities too if a deal is to pan out. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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