Chargers Asking Architects For Convention-Stadium Design

The Chargers have asked their architects to produce an $800 million stadium plan that would include convention space and eliminate the need for a $550 million expansion to the San Diego Convention Center now being prepared. Mark Fabiani, the team’s counsel on the stadium, said the meeting here with the architects about 10 days ago will be followed up in October with a proposal expected by year’s end.

“Does it make sense in San Diego? Does it make sense to change gears on the convention center?” he asked. “I think we are very much open to a discussion and debate and hope we can have that discussion and debate.”

Fabiani, who made his comments at a meeting of the Union-Tribune’s community editorial board Monday, said the team could exercise its exit clause between February and May to leave San Diego, but he expected the team to be still working on a local stadium plan in that period. “If we get totally shut down here, people say they don’t like the idea…, they tell us to get lost with our ideas, we’ll obviously reassess where we are,” he said. “Obviously, I hope that doesn’t happen.”

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