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Chargers Suggest Piggybacking On Convention Center Expansion

Aired 9/22/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

The San Diego Chargers are raising eyebrows with a new proposal for building a downtown stadium: piggybacking on the convention center expansion. We'll hear details from Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani and find out how the news was received at the Convention Center.



Mark Fabiani, General Counsel, spokesman, San Diego Chargers

Steven Johnson, VP Public Affairs San Diego Convention Center

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LaPlayaHeritage | September 22, 2011 at 4:26 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Video link to the September 21, 2011 City Council Budget Committee Meeting on the Convention Center Phase III Expansion and Financing Plan.

Only Councilmember DeMaio mentioned the potential for a multipurpose NFL Chargers Stadium and Convention Center Expansion. Our Alternative Site and Financing Plan below.

Item 2. Alternative Stadium and Contiguous Convention Center Expansion Waterfront Site.
Video Start Time 50 Minutes to Video End Time 54 Minutes.

Item 3. Alternative Funding through a new 4 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) with a 2/3 Voting requirement.
Video Start time 1 Hour and 34 Minutes to End Time 1 Hour and 37 Minutes.

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LaPlayaHeritage | September 22, 2011 at 4:40 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

The NFL Chargers play football mostly on Sundays.

The Convention Center is usually deserted on weekends.

Most working Conventioners have Meetings and Panels Monday through Friday.

AEG's Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles is allowing AEG to lead the bookings. Los Angeles has a great written contract with AEG to maximum use and income.

AEG is world class and could take over existing Convention Center booking to bring more international money into San Diego. AEG has the current Master Lease for the publically owned Sports Arena in the Midway area. AEG can move the concert hall to downtown San Diego. To defray the additional costs the event center could charge a $5 surcharge for every concert/event ticket sold.

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