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State of the Stadium, Part 2

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - From any viewpoint and every angle, it's hard to get a clear view of the stadium issue.

For advocates of a new stadium, it's been an agonizing, slow eight-year process, while foes continue to question the commitment of the team's ownership. Special council to the president Mark Fabiani speaks the gospel according to the Chargers.

"There's nothing more important to the franchise -- other than winning on the field -- than securing a stadium solution. This is vitally important to the Spanos family," Fabiani said.

"Ultimately, to win on the field you have to compete with the other top teams in the league, and to do that you've got to have the same kind of resources they've got. The Chargers just aren't in that position right now because of an aging stadium," he said.

So the next logical question is, is a solution possible at Qualcomm?

"Probably not. It worked back in 2003, when construction costs were lower, when the economy was better, when we had housing builders who were really interested in the project, but the city wasn't interested at that point. The window has closed on that, which is why we've moved on. Too bad, because that's the best site there is, Qualcomm," Fabiani said.

Mark Fabiani knows the new stadium's harshest critics basically say, "Shut up and just play at Qualcomm" until the Chargers' lease is up at the end of the 2020 season.

"Forget about football. That site, if you're a taxpayer, is something you should be very concerned about, because 166 acres of land that you the taxpayer own, but you're generating no revenue from the land. And worse, it's costing you, according to the county grand jury a couple of weeks ago, $17.5 million to maintain that stadium," Fabiani said.

And the Chargers hear San Diego taxpayers loud and clear.

"We understand. We've understood from day one eight years ago, that people do not want to subsidize these kinds of facilities. That's why we work so hard to do it privately," Fabiani said.

That brings us to the latest proposal for a downtown boutique stadium, which requires us to think big and slightly outside the box. We'll hear the pros and cons on our next State of the Stadium report.

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