After rejecting NFL, will San Diego subsidize soccer? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

In November, San Diego voters famously rejected a taxpayer subsidy to build a stadium for the Chargers, ushering the team to Los Angeles.

Now comes a group of wealthy investors with a concept to build a stadium for Major League Soccer and share it with San Diego State University’s Aztecs football team at the city-owned, 166-acre site of Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

Crucially, the group says it won’t demand a penny from the public. Sometimes there are good reasons to spend public money on private development, but only rarely, and voters are rightly wary.

In any case, I’m skeptical this lunch is truly free. We won’t know for sure until the details emerge, maybe as soon as this week.


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