Chargers interested in building stadium on a public golf course
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers might one day play in a stadium built on a public golf course nicknamed Goat Hill because of its steep terrain.
Team president Dean Spanos sent a letter Friday to Mayor Jim Wood saying the team would like to discuss the possibility of building a stadium in this city in northern San Diego County.
Wood and Spanos met Jan. 2, and the City Council voted unanimously last Saturday to notify the Chargers that it was interested in talking with the team about putting a stadium on Center City Golf Course just east of Interstate 5.
Wood said one attraction to the team is that the proposed site is closer to Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties than other proposed locations further south in San Diego County. The Chargers are the NFL's only team in Southern California.
The Chargers also are discussing potential stadium sites with Chula Vista and National City, which are both sandwiched between downtown San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border.
The team has said it needs to replace Qualcomm Stadium in order to remain financially competitive with other NFL franchises. The Chargers have ruled out a new stadium at the Qualcomm site because of San Diego's ongoing financial crisis and friction with City Attorney Mike Aguirre.
Spanos said in his letter that "our goal is to privately finance the stadium with the profits from a commercial development project that your city would help us carry out."
The Chargers released Spanos' letter but didn't make him available for further comment.
"It's a talking game," Wood said. "We have to see what they want and what we need."
Wood said any deal with the team would have to be put to a vote.
Oceanside is where former Chargers star Junior Seau grew up.
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