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Backers of Carson NFL stadium file ballot initiative as first step

By late January, the team had a binding deal to buy it.

In mid February, the day before the Chargers announced plans to build a privately financed $1.7 billion stadium on the property, the team finalized an agreement with the Oakland Raiders to share it.

On Wednesday, as stadium backers filed a ballot initiative in Carson to clear the way for the project, more details emerged about the proposal that could bring two NFL teams to the Los Angeles area.

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The Chargers are locked in to buying the Carson site with the deal scheduled to close at the end of this month. Still, both teams say they are continuing to pursue stadium options wholesale patriots jerseys in their home cities.

“There are no contingencies, there is no option,” said Mark Fabiani, the point man on stadium issues for the Chargers. “We have to buy it. Starwood has to sell it.”

Signature gathering is expected to start next week in Carson for the ballot initiative that would change zoning to move forward with a 70,000 seat stadium near the 405 Freeway at Del Amo Boulevard.

The team financed campaign hopes to collect more than 12,000 signatures by mid April. After 8,041 signatures are certified, the ballot measure will go to Carson’s City Council. Its members could approve the plan themselves or schedule a public vote, likely this summer.

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“The next period of weeks will be really important to determine community support,” Fabiani said.

The Chargers are using the same playbook as St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Last week, the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved Kroenke’s plan to build a stadium on the site of the Hollywood Park racetrack, less than two months after the plan’s public unveiling. Kroenke’s group collected 22,183 signatures supporting its initiative in less than three weeks. area would have two approved stadium plans backed by NFL owners competing to return teams after a two decade absence.

The plans use different cheap steelers jerseys approaches, though. Kroenke wants a covered stadium as part of a sprawling entertainment and real estate development, while the Chargers and Raiders envision an open air facility ringed largely by parking lots, with a 350 room hotel and, perhaps, an NFL themed museum or entertainment venue. Developers plan to buy nearby land for more parking.

The economics are different too. A Carson stadium would be publicly owned, but its developers pledge no tax money would be spent on its construction, operations or the street work around the project. Kroenke and his partners would own their stadium and will seek to recoup Authentic Cheap Houston Texans Jerseys Men/Women/Kids tens of millions of dollars in street, sewer and public service costs.

“Period. End of discussion. Not one penny [of city money] will go into the project,” said George Mihlsten, an attorney representing the joint venture between the Chargers and Raiders. stadium projects. The arrangement is similar to how the San Francisco 49ers paid for the $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Goldman Sachs is lining up financing for the Carson project, cheap browns jerseys as well.

The Carson stadium carries a $1.7 billion price tag, with the Inglewood stadium projected to cost $1.86 billion.

July 24, 2014

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