Chargers say no move to L.A. in 2012
The team is expected to release a joint statement with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today, saying both parties will continue to work on a building a new stadium there, ruling out the possibility of a relocation to Los Angeles in 2012.
"The City of San Diego and the Chargers continue to work closely together to explore publicly acceptable ways to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium on the bus maintenance yard site in the East Village of downtown San Diego," the statement reads. "To give this ongoing process every chance to succeed, the Chargers have announced that the team will not trigger the lease's termination clause in 2012. Both the Mayor’s Office and the Chargers look forward to continuing their joint efforts to build a multi-use stadium that will benefit the entire region."
The Chargers negotiated an escape clause in their lease at Qualcomm Stadium that each year affords them a three-month window during which they can negotiate with other cities and relocate without the threat of a lawsuit from San Diego, as long as the team pays off the existing bonds on Qualcomm.
Had the Chargers terminated their lease in 2012, they would have owed $23.98 million on the bonds. If they terminate in 2013, they will owe $22.015 million.
"Believe it or not, this is our 10th year working on this stadium issue," Mark Fabiani, the club's special counsel, said in a phone interview Monday. "So we feel like we've already been in it for the long haul."
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Antwan Barnes celebrates a sack in front of fans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where the Chargers will play for at least one more season. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times