A new NFL stadium for the San Diego Chargers may, one day, be built in the city. Talks are underway to make it happen.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with a representative from the team to discuss how such a stadium could be built and managed. The initial planning sessions had been postponed for a long time.
If a new stadium is not built, the Chargers could relocate to another city. The team has been a part of the City in Motion since 1961, their second year in existence. If the NFL team does decide to leave San Diego, the most likely destination for the organization would be Los Angeles, where the team spent its first year.
Teams moving is not the only risk for sports enthusiasts. When a fan buys a ticket to a sporting event, small print on the back of the ticket always has a disclaimer stating the stadium is not responsible for injuries. Being hit by a foul ball is considered a normal risk associated with attending a baseball game.
Despite this warning, many fans have sued stadiums claiming injuries from neglect or extreme incidents, which could not have been foreseen by the victims. In 2013, many fans were injured at the Daytona Speedway by flying car parts, while they were sitting behind a protective barrier.
In 2010, a drunk driver leaving an Indianapolis Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium struck two young women with his car, killing one of them. The mother of the victim sued the facility, claiming the driver was served too much alcohol by vendors paid on commission.
The chargers ended the 2013 season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, placing third in the AFC West, and winning a wild card spot into the playoffs. Although the team made the postseason for the first time since 2009, they lost to the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff Round.