With the Chargers gone, SDSU Athletic Director John David Wicker has publicly bandied about the idea of a 35,000-seat, expandable structure to replace what’s now known as SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley at a cost of around $150 million.
Here is a bit more info on it.
SDSU’s new stadium presentation
Rocky Long SDSU’s interview
Notice how he mentions the small12 interested into expanding in So Cal.
Sounds like us.
My one complaint to the interviewers is this; ask him why SDSU pulled out of the AAC. Wouldn’t that have gotten them more East Coast games and gotten him those games against Temple and Memphis?
If they found a partner (say Colorado State) and came to the AAC asking to join right now, I have a feeling that the AAC would be very interested.
John Moore is behind or was behind JMI. I can’t remember what is his current involvement with JMI. IMO 60k is the right number for an NFL Team. The San Diego Chargers historically did a terrible job marketing their Team to Tijuana. The Tijuana area is now around 1.9M just think about the financial potential. It all comes down to a terrible local bureaucracy that want to keep San Diego a “small town” city. The airport location is the best example of what San Diego politicians are.
I kinda like the San Diego airport location.
In my opinion, San Diego is a great place and one of my absolute favorite places to visit out of all my business trips in North America. There’s quite a bit to do in a relatively small area. The Gas Lamp district, downtown restaurants, the USS Midway Muesum, the ball park, roof top bars, Coronado Island, microbreweries and hotels all very close to the airport. And when you eat at Mr. A’s you get a cool view of the airplanes landing. … not to mention some of the best weather year round.
I’d focus on the MLS angle and not ask the local voters to fund anything to do with the NFL.
Good luck, SDSU.
Even though there are tons of things to do in San Diego the local politicians keep everything to not “grow” the City like other premium destinations have. The San Diego airport can’t grow therefore it is limited to the size of aircrafts it can bring in. There is plenty of room to locate the airport north/East of San Diego County not even mentioning the Miramar Base that was in talks for a restructure. The entire airport area could have been redeveloped. The local hoteliers/Taxi tax is one of the lowest in the U.S. Arizona and Washington financed countless stadiums while increasing the same tax. The Chargers moved north. A deal was in place to increase the Tax. The hoteliers and Taxis refused along with the convention center Assn. It has been one blunder after the other. What is currently happening is a middle class that has disappeared. So you now have very rich people, getting richer and low to very low income residents. The same “phenomenon” is now all over California. At the same time public employees are also getting richer. Who pays and how to pay for all of this? Higher taxes. Here is a great website about public employees earnings.
At this rate more and more local businesses won’t be able to afford doing business in San Diego and California.
Mr. A is great but nothing beats The Marine Room in La Jolla.
I lived in San Diego from 95-99, it is a great place in every way.
The real cost of keeping Jack Murphy stadium to sub-normal condition is around $8M/year. Sports and politics in California is a great example of how the state is miss-managed.