Consider the options: Pay upwards of $1 billion for a brand new Chargers stadium, or fix up the old one for a fraction of that cost.
Many of us acquainted with budgeting might jump on the latter as the more feasible solution. Not so for the guys in charge of San Diego’s stadium future.
“Why would you spend $700 (million) when you can spend a few hundred million more and get a brand new facility?” stadium task force chair Adam Day told Liam Dillon earlier this week. Day believes that a new stadium would generate a lot more tax dollars for the city than a renovation would.
Still, there’s quite a gap there. Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts summed up Day’s response on this week’s podcast, “What’s a few hundred million between friends?”
Want more Chargers news in your life? ICYMI, Councilman Scott Sherman unveiled his own vision and funding plan for a stadium, and Scott Lewis speculated on how the county could be involved in financing a San Diego stadium.
Also on this week’s show, SeaWorld’s bizarre PR strategies, Gov. Jerry Brown lands Hero of the Week (with a caveat), a hazardous Goat of the Week, holding San Diego Unified accountable for its use of Props. S and Z funds and Bruce Reznik of the San Diego Housing Federation joins for a quick interview. Be advised: The audio on Reznik’s interview is a little scratchy and choppy. Sorry about that.
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