SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - The Chargers Monday formally announced they have no intention of exercising their option to leave San Diego.
The team, in conjunction with Mayor Jerry Sanders' office, announced Monday morning that it will play its 2012 games at Qualcomm Stadium while it continues to develop plans for a new stadium, according to U-T San Diego.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers Owner Dean Spanos issued the following statement Monday morning regarding the Chargers future in San Diego and both parties desire to continue working on a stadium solution:
"The City of San Diego and the Chargers continue to work closely together to explore publicly acceptable ways to build a Super Bowl-quality stadium on the bus maintenance yard site in the East Village of downtown San Diego. To give this ongoing process every chance to succeed, the Chargers have announced that the team will not trigger the lease's termination clause in 2012. Both the Mayor's Office and the Chargers look forward to continuing their joint efforts to build a multi-use stadium that will benefit the entire region."
"We will continue to work closely with the mayor on developing the East Village bus maintenance site in downtown San Diego," Chargers general counsel Mark Fabiani told the newspaper.
The Spanos family has been pushing for a decade for a new home to replace the aging Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers have a lease with the city that expires in 2020, but each year, starting Feb. 1 through April 30, the franchise can exercise an option to move to another city.
It has been no secret that Los Angeles would like to welcome the team but site issues have apparently pushed back any competition, according to U-T San Diego.