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Chargers New Stadium Vote Fails Miserably at the Polls

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A general view during the second half as the San Diego Chargers face the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on Nov. 6, 2016, in San Diego, California. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 04:48 PM

A referendum on taxpayers covering the cost of a new stadium and convention center for the San Diego Chargers was soundly defeated Tuesday, leaving the team’s future uncertain.

The referendum needed a two-thirds majority to pass but got only 43 percent, showing taxpayers do not support the city’s plans to finance the stadium with hotel taxes. California law requires that all public tax hikes pass a referendum in order to be enacted.

Team owner Dean Spanos has shown loyalty to San Diego even as other nearby teams have expressed interest in moving to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. It is uncertain what will happen with the Chargers now, though.

The Chargers have played in San Diego since 1961, and their stadium is badly in need of repair. Furthermore, team owner has a Jan. 15 deadline from the NFL to make a decision about whether to finance the stadium himself and stay in San Diego or to share a new stadium with the Los Angeles Rams and move the team there.

“It’s just too early to give you an answer,” Spanos said in a letter to fans Wednesday, USA Today reported. “We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste.”

Spanos could choose to finance the stadium himself (it is expected to generate enough new revenue to pay for itself in 10 years) or to renew the lease with existing Qualcomm Stadium and try to upgrade it.

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