During the 2003 NFL season and even beforehand, there has been much talk of the Chargers replacing the increasingly obsolete (by NFL
standards) Qualcomm Stadium with a more modern, Super Bowl caliber football stadium, mainly due to obsolete features of the stadium as well
as severe maintenance issues with the facility.
The team and city have both attempted to bring business partners in on a proposed $800 Million dollar project, which was supposed to be
located in the parking lot of the current stadium and include upgrades to the area and infrastructure, but all efforts have failed. The Chargers
have a clause in their contract saying that if they can pay off all debts to the city and county for the upgrades to the current stadium by 2007,
then the team can pull out of its lease and move to another city in 2008.
Currently, after failed attempts by the Chargers and the city of San Diego to come to an agreement on the new stadium, mainly due to the city’s
inability to fund a stadium, the Chargers organization is looking at other places in San Diego County, notably National City, Chula Vista, and
The Oceanside City Council recently agreed to have talks with the Chargers about building a stadium in Oceanside. The Center City Golf
Course, also known as "Goat Hill", is currently under consideration as a possible stadium location. The golf course site is northeast of the
Interstate 5/Oceanside Boulevard interchange. The city owns an adjoining four acres to the north of the golf course, which would provide a
development footprint of more than 75 acres. The site also offers easy access to two major freeways as well as two passenger rail lines.
Oceanside also has a huge advantage considering that 8,800 of the team's season ticket holders already come from North County, 8,500 are
from Orange and Riverside counties, and 4,500 come from outside the state. A stadium built at this site can easily attract more fans from
Orange County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles, who currently does not have an NFL franchise, despite being one of the United States
There are problems with the site if a stadium is to be built there. The golf course is zoned parkland, and voters would have to approve a zoning
change for a stadium to be built. Also some believe that the stadium, if built, can cause traffic and environmental issues to the area, especially
during game days. However the Chargers are currently working with traffic, environmental and land-use consultants to determine whether the
golf course site is viable.
2. National City
The proposed National City site is west of Interstate 5 and south of Bay Marina Drive, located east of the 24th Street Marine Terminal. The Port
of San Diego has studied the dimensions of the site and come to the conclusion that a stadium could be built on the 52-acre site without
disturbing the Port's mission to promote maritime jobs and commerce. Any potential development proposal would require the Port's approval.
Planning discussions are being discussed among the Port, National City and waterfront businesses to reconfigure the layout of the site to make
it more efficient with or without a stadium. National City officials believe the benefit of a new stadium would spur new developments around it,
generating tax dollars while also boosting the city's profile.
3. Chula Vista
Chula Vista officials are discussing multiple sites where the Chargers can build a stadium. Two privately owned sites on the city's east side and
two near the waterfront. One Chula Vista site is located near State Route 125, southwest of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. The site
has the land that a stadium would require, as well as transportation options for reaching such a venue. However there are concerns about the
site’s distance from main transit lines. One site rests on Chula Vista’s bayfront which is currently occupied by the South Bay Power Plant.
Another site rests in a vacant B.F. Good-rich site adjacent to the property that's already been designated for the Chula Vista Bayfront, a $750
million convention center and hotel complex. The project is set to break ground next year. Another Chula Vista option falls on private property,
owned by residential homebuilder, HomeFed Corp, which owns 3,000 acres in the Otay Ranch area, has conducted talks with the Chargers.