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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chargers on developer's short list for new Los Angeles stadium

The group spearheading the possibility of building a new stadium in the Los Angeles area have made their intentions explicit about which teams they will be going after—and the San Diego Chargers are one of them.

According to the Union-Tribune, Majestic Reality Company Vice President John Semcken told a group of developers in Orange County that the Chargers—among six other NFL franchises—will be contacted once the group gets the green light to build the stadium.

Along with the Chargers, other possible tenants could be the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Viking and the San Francisco 49ers—if talks between the 49ers and Santa Clara fall through.

The Rams and Raiders have both spent time in the Los Angeles area.

The talks, according to Semcken, would occur after this season’s Super Bowl. Consequently, the window for the Chargers to tell the city of San Diego that they are leaving Qualcomm Stadium begins in February and runs through April every year.

However, the team is still walking the line and saying that it is looking at options in San Diego.

“We anticipate that the (window) next year will open and close, and we won't do anything,” Chargers stadium point-person Mark Fabiani told the UT.

Semcken said that he expects the stadium to receive the green light next week, either by the California State Senate agreeing to the Assembly bill that lifts environmental laws delaying the stadium's construction or by negotiations that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg arranged last month.

For more info: Visit the San Diego Stadium Coalition website