The one fact being overlooked in all of the efforts to give people money (the Chargers owners primarily) is the fact that the downtown location next to Petco Park will be a disaster.
It’s bad enough when you go to Petco with only 20,000 people attending, but 70-80,000 to a Chargers game will create chaos and an impossible traffic jam, the likes of which cannot be imagined. Where are the people supposed to park? Wasting the money that has been used to develop the trolley line to Qualcomm (and noting what it would cost today) is dumb.
The only correct location for a new stadium is at the “Qualcomm site” (which I also wrote about in 2008). The freeway infrastructure, the massive parking (which is usually filled by noon with a 1:15 starting time) which allows massive tailgating and enjoyment by the fans, the access for North County and Orange County, as well as East County, and South Bay are a few of the reasons that the present site is the only one. One just has to look at the huge parking facility, and one knows that the Qualcomm site is the only place that will ever be available.
The Yankees built the new Yankee Stadium next to the old, and that is possible in San Diego. The cost of cleaning out the underlying waste, in building the new stadium at the current Qualcomm site is minimal compared to the value of the land with a new stadium, and the fact is that the cleanup will be necessary unless the land is to lie vacant.
The last thing Mission Valley needs is more shopping centers and condos.
If the main decision maker is the “money to be made by the Spanos Family” and the city, it will result in a major failure for the people of San Diego.
Allan Goodman lives in El Cajon.