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Why is nobody talking about upgrading or building a new Chargers stadium in its current location?

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The Yankees did it in the off-season – a considerably shorter off-season than football’s. Why can’t the Chargers do the same?

The city already dumps buckets of money into maintaining the existing structure. If they put some of that money into rebuilding, maybe operating costs would go down. Has the city gotten any return for its investment in Petco Park? I would think sales taxes alone would offset some of the cost.

The Qualcomm location is perfect. There’s lots of parking space around or room to build parking structures, convenient access to both north-south and east-west arteries, and trolley service available. Why spoil it? The place is 47 years old and probably needs to be replaced. So let’s fix what’s broken. No need to move to a less hospitable site.

I used to enjoy going to Padres games at Qualcomm. It was much less effort than going to Petco. Beautiful as Petco is, it’s a chore to get to. And I live close by, in North Park.

Oh, is it the snag nobody’s talking about? Polluted groundwater? Well, clean the mess up and charge whoever was responsible.

Crowding another stadium into downtown makes less than no sense at all. Don’t ruin a good thing.

Donna Boyle lives in North Park. Boyle’s note has been lightly edited for style and clarity. See anything in there we should fact check? Tell us what to check out here.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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