Breaking: Open Letter to the Community from Dean Spanos

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Dear Chargers Fans,

Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for the long term in a new stadium.

I have met with Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Roberts and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma. We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.

This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve.

Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.

I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of possibility.

With deep appreciation for your years of support,

Dean A. Spanos Chairman

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  1. Rostra admin asked me to share statement I released this afternoon, so here you go:

    Hello: I’ve received calls from 10News and Ch. 8 for comment, so I’m sending this to everyone. Tnx! Tony

    “This is good news for San Diego. You could say we were due. It’s been tough sledding for a while, but focusing on the past won’t move us forward,” said Tony Manolatos, who served as spokesman for Mayor Faulconer’s stadium task force. “We have a real opportunity to build a world-class sports and entertainment complex and retain one of the few things that bring San Diegans together. I want my kids to grow up in an NFL town. I want to share with them what I shared with my Dad. So I’m excited and looking forward to this new chapter.”

  2. Like a drunk, abusive spouse who sobers up in the morning, ensures his love, begs you back and promises never again, will the Chargers woo San Diego back? Of course, we always go back.

  3. It will be a very long time before I go back Barry Jantz. Dean Spanos left us for dead and would have left San Diego, had the NFL relocation committee let him. Spanos now realizes he is in between a rock and a hard place so he is trying to make nice. I say let the guy stew about for a while, and make the Chargers pay a hefty sum to play in Qualcomm. San Diego does not need the NFL, the NFL needs San Diego.

  4. My support for the Chargers is unflagging. I watched most games last season, and will do the same this coming season. On TV, of course.

    I THINK I went to one NFL Charger exhibition game in the 1980’s or 90’s (seem to recall someone gave me a ticket). I remember one team got more points than the other — the place was half full. It was the most difficult viewing of a Charger game I’ve ever experienced — TV is much better.

    Moreover, I never watch a game live — we “tape” it and start watching about 1 hour into the game. That way we fast forward the commercials — wasting a little under two hours rather than the usual 3+ hours — yet finishing in real time (almost). Doubt that makes the advertisers happy.

    BTW, I SOOOO enjoyed the multi-millionaire Charger players demanding fans fill the stadium (at exorbitant personal cost). This demand eminates this from a team that was 4-12 last season — a team that didn’t beat a single team with a winning record. I’ll put game attendance on my “to do” list. Get right on it!

  5. Well Richard, I think you speak for a lot of us.
    I was hoping they move more then 125 miles so we can avoid blackouts.

    I too went to one game. My son won free tickets where he works.
    The fans were so drunk we left just after the first quarter.
    Never to return.

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