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Chargers countdown: Renovating Qualcomm?

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The Twitter world is a flutter with the Raiders waiting to jump at the chance of relocating to San Diego.

Most of what the NFL beat writers have been reporting comes unnamed sources, yet much of what they've been saying turned out to be fact.

The latest Tweet from the Los Angeles Daily News, which has taken on a life of its own, is the Raiders expressing interest in renovating Qualcomm were they to come to San Diego.

We know Raiders owner Mark Davis wants a smaller stadium, 55,000 seats, to keep ticket prices low and maintain his Raider Nation fan base.

The Chargers, on the other hand, want the opposite, so their option is joining the Rams in Inglewood.

But is renovation an option?

Past studies have shown that renovating Qualcomm doesn't make sense.

Even the mayor's Task Force Chairman Adam Day told the Voice of San Diego he estimated it would cost $100 million to fix what's broken, up to $300 million for earthquake proofing and another $300 million to widen concourses and other upgrades, a total of $700 million.

He said with another $300 million, you get a billion dollar stadium.

A Raiders move would bring that $300 million and the stadium deal on the table is $1.1 billion.

It's also possible the league would waive the Raiders relocation fee.

It's clear the NFL wants to stay in San Diego.

The Raiders have a strong presence in Southern California and being in San Diego would draw fans from Riverside to Los Angeles.

Were this scenario to play out, could the Raiders and the city do what the Chargers have been unable to do, work out a deal? 

If so, San Diego would remain an NFL city and the league would accomplish it's goal for the three teams.

That goal was to protect the Chargers franchise, secure the Raiders long-term future and return NFL football to Los Angeles after a 20-year absence.



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