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S.D. MAYOR SAYS QUALCOMM IMPROVEMENTS NOT GOLDING HAPPEN
Published April 2, 1998
San Diego Mayor Susan Golding said that the city "isn't about to spend an additional" $20M for more improvements to Qualcomm Stadium to win another Super Bowl, according to Ray Huard of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Golding said that she asked NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "point blank" if the NFL was "demanding major stadium renovations" to be considered for the 2002 game, and he said "no." In a letter to Golding, Tagliabue wrote that "there is no requirement for a community to invest a specific amount of money to upgrade its stadium or make other financial commitments to the NFL" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/1). PADRES PLANS: Also in San Diego, Roger Showley wrote of a new plan to build a $1B Padres ballpark by Mission Bay. The proposal calls for a complex surrounded by hotels, offices, shops, sports facilities and entertainment venues. Unlike the earlier Centre City East plan, local developer Richard Chase "quietly proposed" to the Padres that the park "would sit on publicly owned port tidelands and be financed privately." Mayor Golding called the plan "interesting enough that we should spend a few weeks on it so we can determine whether it is feasible." Padres President Larry Lucchino called the plan "intriguing" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/1).