Monday, August 6, 2007
A community group called “GoAwayChargers” has formed in Oceanside to oppose building a new NFL stadium. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
GoAwayChargers is not against football, they just don’t want an NFL team in their backyard -- literally. Residents of the neighborhood beside the Goat Hill Golf Course, the proposed stadium site, have retained a spokesman. David O’Connell says the 72 acres is too small for a stadium and 2 million square feet of office space the Chargers want to develop to finance the deal.
O’Connell: It is a priceless piece of open space in the middle of a residential community. the neighborhood is going to be completely changed if this project goes forward. It’s going to be a concrete jungle.
OConnell says the group has sparked vitriolic comments from stadium supporters in Oceanside. But its new website was overwhelmed with messages mostly from people who agree the Chargers should stay in Mission Valley. The team says it can’t stay at Qualcomm and is looking at sites in Oceanside and Chula Vista.
Alison St John, KPBS News.