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SBD/September 14, 2012/Facilities
AEG Gets Commission Approval For Farmers Field, But Civic Group Seeking More Money
Published September 14, 2012
TAILGATE EXPERIENCE: In L.A., Vincent Bonsignore writes it “sure sounded like” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was "playing up" Farmers Field while appearing this week at Politico’s Playbook Lunch in DC. Goodell said, “There is tailgating in the downtown site. It may not be as much and it may be a different kind of experience, but you’re going to have to address that in some fashion.” Goodell also maintained that while Farmers Field “might not offer the traditional tailgating experience, it can still provide unique game-day activities.” Goodell: “(It’s) a site that has an arena, it has a convention center, there are restaurants and shops. It’s a whole experience where people can come down and make it a different kind of tailgating experience rather than pulling up your car and opening your hood and saying we’re open for business” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/14).
PARKING ISSUE: In San Diego, Craig Gustafson writes the proposal to build a new downtown Chargers stadium faces an “unexpected hurdle as one of the key properties needed for a proposed site in the East Village has become mired in a bureaucratic maze.” The state's decision to “end redevelopment has put the fate of Tailgate Park, a 1,040-space parking lot next to Petco Park, in question as the city may have to put the site up for sale to the highest bidder rather than include a portion of it as part of the 14-acre footprint needed to build a $1 billion stadium.” If there is a sale of Tailgate Park, the “civic discussion over building a stadium in the East Village effectively ends.” The proposed site “would already be the smallest stadium footprint in the NFL so the project doesn't pencil out unless Tailgate Park is included” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/14).