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SPANOS STEWS OVER COMPLAINTS ABOUT CITY'S SEAT GUARANTEE
Published September 16, 1997
A crowd of 63,149 at Sunday's Chargers game "wasn't large enough" to meet the city's "controversial general admission-seat guarantee," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. If the city "must refund" Sunday's "full 5,000-seat commitment," it would fall $200,000 in arrears, which comes in the form of a rent rebate 30 days after each game. The city can get money back when the total general admission ticket sales are tabulated at the end of the season. On Sunday, Chargers Owner Alex Spanos "angrily declared the guarantee a modest fee" to keep the team in San Diego. Spanos: "At least it shows they want us here. Baltimore gave Art Modell $75 million. And a 15-year lease at a new stadium, rent free." He added that he "shunned several more lucrative offers" to move the team. Spanos: "I love San Diego. I intend to stay here and I don't want to move. And I can't stand what everyone is doing knocking us and knocking the city. Especially when you look at what other cities have done." The club has "actively marketed" its premium seats, having sold about 90%, and Spanos said that for the first time the team will turn a "healthy profit" this season (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/15).