The San Diego Chargers unveil perhaps their last proposal for a new stadium in San Diego, Offseason coaching session got underway this week, and the Chargers earn high praise from the national media>...
CHARGERS PRESENT NEW DOWNTOWN STADIUM PLAN
The San Diego Chargers have announced their latest proposal for a new, state-of-the-art stadium which they've dubbed their "last, best plan." The proposal for a 62,000 seat stadium located just blocks away from Petco Park is said to carry a price tag of $800 million but would be privately owned. The Chargers are prepared to foot $200 million of that bill, with the NFL assisting by raising an additional $100 million themselves. The remaining $500 million would be raised via tax increment bonds, however with the property being privately owned, the city and it's taxpayers would be protected from lease agreements.
When taking into account the tremendous boon Petco Park has been to the downtown region as well as the potential expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, the new Chargers stadium could really help put San Diego over the top and back on the list of the United States' world-class destinations. The Chargers would almost certainly be back on the NFL's Super Bowl site rotation, providing the city with a tremendous boost to the economy. Additionally, the city would stop losing money on the current Qualcomm site and could be on it's way to financial robustness and stability.
NATIONAL COLUMNIST PETER KING RANKS THE CHARGERS HIGHLY
Respected NFL pundit Peter King has a number of kind words for the Chargers. In his rankings of all 32 NFL teams, King places the Chargers as the top team in the AFC, number two overall. Additionally, he thinks rookie running back Ryan Mathews will win Offensive Rookie of the Year, and that Philip Rivers will garner strong consideration for league MVP honors:
2. San Diego. I didn't like how much the Chargers traded to get Ryan Mathews (the 28th and 40th picks in a strong draft) when they probably could have gotten him for less, but that doesn't mean I don't like what Mathews is going to do. I think he'll be the offensive rookie of the year. He has everything a good back needs -- opportunity (he should get 320 carries if healthy), playing from ahead a lot, and a good offensive line. And did I mention Philip Rivers will throw for 4,500 yards and contend strongly for MVP?
VIDEO REPORT FROM CHARGERS OFFSEASON COACHING SESSIONS
Kevin Acee reports from Chargers Park as the Bolts get their OCS' underway:
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