The road for the Chargers to head to Los Angeles just became a lot more clear. Besides the biggest presidential election in American being held on November 8th, there was also a vote on the ballot in San Diego that pretty much decided the fate of the San Diego Chargers.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, the Chargers only received 43% of the vote on the approval of Measure C, the team’s $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex. Voters were voting on if they approved of raising hotel taxes from 12.5% to 16.5% to secure $1.15 billion in bonds to help pay for the new stadium.
Chargers’ chairman and owner Dean Spanos offered no hint of what the next move is, even if it is pretty clear on where he wants to move the franchise. Spanos said wrote, “In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it’s just too early to give you an answer. We are going diligently explore and weigh our options, and so 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.”
Earlier in the year, The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers agreed on sharing the stadium being built in Inglewood, California. The Chargers now have until January 15th to decide if they would like to pack their bags for Inglewood and join the Rams in Hollywood. With Rams tickets selling well this season, and the Chargers ranking near the bottom of tickets sales, Dean Spanos and the NFL have to hope they can get to Los Angeles as soon as they can.
The Chargers have been in San Diego since 1960, as they were an original member of the AFL. Chargers’ fans do not want to see their only professional sports franchise leave, but they don’t want their tax money to pay for a billionaire’s luxury stadium in a league that rakes in billions of dollars a year. 57% of voters have spoken. The writing is now on the wall for the Chargers’ tenure in San Diego to come to an end.