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After months of speculation that its bid to host a new Chargers stadium was on its last legs, National City’s not ready to give up. In a Jan. 25 letter to team president Dean Spanos, Mayor Ron Morrison said National City intends to seek the cooperation of other public and private entities in helping draw a stadium to the waterfront.
He noted that the community response has been positive and the City Council has “expressed its unanimous desire to aggressively proceed to study the use of the site for a sports-related venue.”
It is estimated the National City plan would require hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements and other costs in order to accommodate the stadium. It would also likely require contributions from a number of other public agencies. (Read more about those hurdles in my story from October.)
Morrison sought to allay those worries in his letter. Here’s how he finished the letter:
We recognize that the construction of a football stadium on the National City site presents significant challenges. However, we believe those challenges are no more complex than those presented at other potential sites in San Diego County. More importantly, National City has demonstrated that it has the “political will” necessary to overcome those challenges and develop a successful project that our City, the Chargers and the entire region can be proud of.
As National City embarks upon its formal outreach to potential regional partners, please accept our appreciation for your organization’s assistance in conducting a preliminary analysis of this site. We are fully committed to move forward with developing the National City site and invite the Chargers organization to joint us in determining the best course for proceeding with this venture. National City looks forward to a successful partnership with the Chargers in creating a new home that will keep the team in San Diego County for many years to come.