Chargers owner Dean Spanos issued the following statement regarding the team’s future in San Diego.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) November 9, 2016
Last night, the Chargers’ stadium initiative failed to gain the support it needed.
Chargers owner and chairman of the board Dean Spanos sent the following letter to season ticket holders and fans regarding the news:
Despite the fact that Measure C failed to receive a two-thirds majority, I wanted to reach out right away with a very sincere thank you for your loyal support as a fan and for considering our initiative.
There is much we can be proud of tonight: the 110,000 residents who qualified the measure in just six short weeks; the vocal and passionate support from our fan groups and corporate partners; the strong endorsements and hard work of numerous civic, business, and labor leaders; and the heartfelt efforts of our alumni and players.
In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it’s just too early to give you an answer. We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste.
The outpouring of support from friends like you, and so many others, has been heartwarming throughout the campaign and I will continue to be mindful of that in the weeks ahead.
Thank you, again, for believing in the Chargers. Everyone on the team and in my family appreciates your loyal support and continued patience, and we look forward to an exciting rest of the season.
Dean A. Spanos
Owner – Chairman of the Board
Jason Cole of B/R reported earlier in the week that the Chargers’ stadium bill was likely to fail and a potential move to Los Angeles would be back in play if their stadium measure fails to pass.
Should the Chargers decide to join the Rams, Cole mentions that the NFL would no longer be that concerned about the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas.
Of course, it’s still possible the Chargers could restart their public campaign for a downtown stadium next year and see if they can capitalize on the progress they made this year.
We’ll have more regarding the Chargers and a new stadium as the news is available.