PLANS FOR A SAN DIEGO MLS FRANCHISE AND A NEW STADIUM UNVEILED

A group of private investors unveiled plans Monday to bring an MLS team to San Diego and build a stadium that can be shared with San Diego State.

The investors introduced a plan to tear down Qualcomm Stadium and build a joint-use venue that would be home to an MLS expansion team, as well as San Diego State football. The stadium would have between 20,000 to 30,000 seats, with acreage set aside for a larger stadium in case the NFL decides to return to San Diego. The stadium could be built and opened by 2020.

The Chargers announced the NFL team will relocate to Los Angeles next year after voters rejected using public funds to finance a new stadium. The proposed MLS stadium, meanwhile, would not require taxpayer money for acquiring the land or building the stadium, the investors say.

“This is an exciting concept that could welcome Major League Soccer to San Diego without public subsidy, provide a home for Aztecs football and create a long-awaited river park,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement. ”I look forward to seeing the final plan.”

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