The biggest story for the Chargers this offseason hasn't been about the product on the field; it has been about whether or not the field will be in San Diego in the years to come. Months ago, Mayor Faulconer of San Diego announced the creation of a task force to help develop a plan. That task force, the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group, set a self-imposed deadline of May 20 to reveal their plan. They came in two days ahead of schedule.
While we were waiting for the announcement, there was still plenty of chatter about what it would include and what it would mean.
Keep in mind that today's proposal is just a "starting point" for negotiations. Questions re: execution may still linger. #chargers #stadium— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 18, 2015
Crazy to think that CSAG will actually announce financing plan today. Amazing what people can/will get done when threat is real— Andrew Burer (@andrewburer) May 18, 2015
Folks, the stadium task force said weeks ago that it wasn't going to recommend a tax increase and so a 2/3 vote would not be *required.*— Scott Lewis (@vosdscott) May 18, 2015
hearing SD stadium proposal not going 2 b well received in NFL circles; too much team money, process, length of time, location.— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) May 18, 2015
Spoke to Chargers owner Dean Spanos about stadium proposal: "I'm anxiously awaiting seeing the proposal."— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 18, 2015
And then they started releasing the renderings, which are really quite something.
Stadium rendering created by @Meisarch and his team at MEIS for #CSAG: pic.twitter.com/OSb2d3IlJs— Anthony G. Manolatos (@tonymanolatos) May 18, 2015
Stadium rendering created by @Meisarch and his team at MEIS for #CSAG: pic.twitter.com/ZFq5ADjx7r— Anthony G. Manolatos (@tonymanolatos) May 18, 2015
The details came pouring in from local media:
Adam Day: "Our plan does not rely on any future development.'' #CSAG.— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 18, 2015
#CSAG: More financial details pic.twitter.com/a3JZfiSLK1— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 18, 2015
Next steps pic.twitter.com/VFKjupo2c1— Judson Richards (@Judson1360) May 18, 2015
Adam Day on #CSAG proposal: "It doesn’t need to be a top-of-the-line Escalade. It can be a really good Cadillac." pic.twitter.com/0PKCBCTFtm— Larry Graham (@UTSportsEditor) May 18, 2015
Design narrative pic.twitter.com/IAjSiuedY2— Judson Richards (@Judson1360) May 18, 2015
From my understanding, environmental impact review would still need to occur. Can take years. Adam Day says it's in city's hands now. #CSAG— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 18, 2015
A lot of fine print in this thing. Construction overage falls to #Chargers, for example. Many details to be reviewed. pic.twitter.com/4hr99fTSaw— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 18, 2015
Honestly, this response from the team was probably as positive as we could have possibly hoped for:
#Chargers reaction to the #CSAG financing plan. pic.twitter.com/aHRvRN9d43— Darren Smith (@DSmithShow) May 18, 2015
Jerry Sanders: "Plan is a solid starting point, creates a framework for Mayor and #Chargers to negotiate."— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 18, 2015
Color me impressed. Adam Day addressed many potential criticisms. This seems like a plan that people can support. pic.twitter.com/tp0aB9Q109— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) May 18, 2015
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer releases statement on CSAG's stadium proposal pic.twitter.com/TTOhMNICE5— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) May 18, 2015
Mayor Kevin Faulconer says in statement that if city, #Chargers reach agreement, he is still committed to a public vote.— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 18, 2015
My full statement on the #CSAG report: https://t.co/WgAatgXNLr— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) May 18, 2015
Well, Dean Spanos is certainly taking this all very seriously as he's now making the stadium issue his full time job.
Filed to ESPN: Chargers owner Dean Spanos has relinquished day-to-day control of the team to his sons. Permanent move. Will remain as COB.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 18, 2015
Spanos wants to focus on stadium issue. Said sons John & AG have basically been running football and business operations the last few years.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 18, 2015