Venue News & Notes: San Diego Studies New Stadium for Chargers

Qualcomm Stadium. Candlestick Park. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. These have been the homes of California’s three National Football League teams for 40 years or more, among the oldest stadiums in the country. Now their days may be numbered. The San Diego City Council unanimously set aside $500,000 this week to study downtown’s redevelopment future, a study that could make public money available for a new Chargers stadium near Petco Park within two years. Two weeks ago, Santa Clara voters approved spending $114 million of public money to help build the San Francisco 49ers a $937 million stadium that team officials hope to occupy by 2014…

…Eager buyer seeks new home: Wants zero bedrooms, 400 bathrooms, lots of parking. Willing to look across Tampa Bay, FL, region. That’s the core message from owners of the Tampa Bay Rays, who announced plans to seek a new home for the team well beyond their current Tropicana Field home in St. Petersburg. Even though a laughingstock team has been turned into a World Series contender, ticket prices were lowered, and free parking and better food are offered, the fans still aren’t filling the stands. And that has created an untenable business situation, owners said…

…David Ficklin, VP of development for OnGoal, ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards, felt like a World Cup hero when surrounded by reporters and photographers this week. “I feel like Landon Donovan,” he joked, comparing the media crush that must have awaited the goal scorer in the United States’ dramatic 1-0 World Cup victory over Algeria earlier in the day. Just a few hours after the storybook World Cup victory, the Wizards conducted a media tour of their $160 million, soccer-specific stadium under construction at Village West in Wyandotte County.

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