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RENOVATION DELAYS COULD COST S.D. THE SUPER BOWL, CHARGERS
Published May 7, 1996
San Diego attorneys claim if expansion of Jack Murphy Stadium does not proceed quickly, the city risks losing both the '98 Super Bowl and the Chargers. Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE reports if improvements to expand the stadium to 71,000 seats are not done on schedule, the city will either have to relinquish the Super Bowl -- because the event cannot be held in a stadium under construction -- or delay improvements until '99, a scenario Mayor Susan Golding said would be "completely unacceptable to the Chargers." At issue is the city's right to print lease revenue bonds to fund the $66.6M project. A third option would be to add 10,000 temporary seats to fulfill the Super Bowl contract with the NFL. But the league was displeased with that "cramped layout" at the '88 Super Bowl. Last month, the NFL told San Diego it could instead host the '99 Super Bowl, originally scheduled for San Francisco's 3Com Park. But the league now says bidding for that event is closed, with Phoenix, L.A., Miami, Tampa Bay and Atlanta in competition to be the host site (SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, 5/6).