A special guest post to San Diego Sports Domination by Joseph Ponsiglione.
Here you are, ready to read about another route for a new stadium in San Diego. Lets keep it about football. Or not. I’ve done very little research. Exploring the financing dilemma, I keep coming back to an idea that at first seemed farfetched, but with the right determination by the right “investors”, plus a willingness to succeed here by the Spanos family, there could be a new Stadium – and new Sport – in San Diego sooner than you thought. How this bridge or connection would come about, is far beyond me. If you think I’m just a sports fan dreaming, you’re right. The Chargers (somehow) need to involve another would-be-owner (or ownership group) whose aim is to bring a Major League Soccer club to San Diego.
Yes, Futbol is here in America (if you didn’t know) and its growing well, even if you think you only hear about “soccer” when the World Cup is happening. Major League Soccer is at 20 teams now and definitely wants to build toward 22 soon, and more by 2020. San Diego has a great soccer market full of families, kids who play, a large hispanic population and of course adjacent to Tijuana; soccer does well here. TV viewership for the sport is high as well. Soccer teams in America are landing international players more and more, the sport is always becoming more exciting. We know athletes enjoy playing in San Diego, but all athletes prefer to be winning. There lies the San Diego fan problem, those who grew up here, and support the Chargers and Padres, as they grow up they feel outnumbered, and silenced by their fellow fans silence. Drunk people make games in San Diego so much better. This is a military town, full of transplants. Have you ever been to a Steelers game at Qualcomm? Terrible Towel City. Really, its easy to see that literally every away team has their support here. There could be 29 bars for every other MLB team, and 31 bars for every other NFL team in North Park alone. This is the home of craft beer, of course its possible.
Back to the stadium that doesn’t exist, there needs to be a billionaire soccer aficionado that wants to bring a team to San Diego, and help the Chargers and the City in the process. Like they have in Seattle – a stadium for both sports called Football would be a great way of establishing another fine sport in America’s Finest City. A sport which the fans can take interest and pride in. It would be HUGE for the city, get a new stadium in San Diego more easily, for cheaper and the two teams can pay it off either quicker, and/or with less stress to their businesses. Also attracting Super Bowls and Stones concerts and all that cool stuff. It still comes down to where and specifically how it happens, but sharing a new stadium with a new team in San Diego sure beats moving to LA and living with the Raiders.
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