What: More than 100,000 signatures were turned in to the county Registrar of Voters office in San Diego to promote the SoccerCity development proposal in Mission Valley.
Why it matters: If nearly 72,000 of the signatures prove to be valid, the city of San Diego would be one step closer to getting a new hybrid professional soccer-college football stadium.
Ever since the NFL Chargers decided to leave San Diego in January, and move to Los Angeles-after 56 seasons in San Diego- there have been questions about the future of the Qualcomm Stadium as San Diego sports fans have been left without a strong team to follow. However, a development group led by Nick Stone, La Jolla businessman Mike Stone, former Qualcomm President Steve Altman, technology entrepreneurs Massih and Masood Tayebi, Padres owner Peter Seidler and retired soccer great Landon Donovan, want to bring the stadium back to live and transform it into SoccerCity, a hybrid professional soccer-college football stadium with residences, office space, parkland and an entertainment zone.
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“The fact that more than 100,000 people signed the petition in less than two week’s time speaks volumes to the enthusiasm that San Diegans feel for this proposal, which will bring the world’s most popular sport — soccer — to San Diego, and provide a new home for SDSU football, all at no cost to taxpayers,” Nick Stone said.
Because of high maintenance costs, city officials believe the Qualcomm Stadium should stop operating after the 2018 college football season is over.
If close to 72,000 of the signatures prove to be valid, the San Diego City Council would have to either approve the replacement stadium or have voters decide on the stadium’s future in an election.
Until the new stadium is approved and built, San Diego State’s football team is planning to play two seasons in Petco Park.
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