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Chargers FanFest: Fans get charged up for upcoming season

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With their long-term future in San Diego still in doubt, the Chargers held their annual FanFest Saturday to allow fans to watch practice and take part in activities at Qualcomm Stadium.

Football-related events at the FanFest kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with appearances by former players Luis Castillo, Stephen Cooper, Raylee Johnson, Darren Carrington, Billy Ray Smith and Ed White. The Chargers Girls followed with their 2016 debut performance, and the team conducted a full- pads team practice.

In a non-football activity, Pokemon Go enthusiasts chased virtual characters in the lower concourse areas.

Running back Melvin Gordon stopped to take a selfie with fan Ruth Zepeda who drove down from the Bay area. 

"It's amazing, I come every year. It's so much fun to show them how much we appreciate them," Zepeda said. 

Antonio Gates, tight end for the San Diego Chargers, said the Bolts appreciate their fans. 

"Whether they are old or new fans there is no better feeling than coming out and embracing our fans," Gates said.

The Chargers qualified an initiative for the November ballot that would provide funding for construction of a downtown stadium and convention center annex, but many observers believe that a likely two-thirds threshold needed for approval could be too steep a hill to climb.

There is also a chance the initiative will only require a simple majority to pass, depending on the outcome of litigation in a case elsewhere in California.

The initiative was endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce last week, but it's opposed by many in the tourism industry and some leading politicians. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has not taken a stand.

It's unclear what the Chargers would do if the initiative fails, but they do have an option to become the second team at a future National Football League stadium in Inglewood, near the Los Angeles International Airport, along with the Los Angeles Rams.

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