With each iteration, the stadium subsidy game grows more grandiose, and increasingly rich in political intrigue. As evidence, consider this introduction to an article on the drive for a new football stadium in San Diego.
The San Diego Chargers are drawing up a new playbook for their stadium development campaign that features a broad-based appeal to labor, environmentalists and affordable-housing advocates.
Team officials are working to get a development plan including a new stadium, more than 6,000 housing units, offices, retail, a hotel and a park before city voters in November 2006. The project would be at the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which the city owns.
The proposal may be tweaked to include fewer but taller buildings some as high as 20 stories to allow for as many as 7,000 condominiums and apartments. That would clear space for a bigger park, although no size has been determined.
Labor, environmentalists, and affordable housing advocates? That is some coalition! Thanks to my man in San Diego, RJ, for the link.