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Chargers appeal to fans at Fanfest

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Chargers closed out last week's training camp on Saturday with their annual Fanfest.

More than 18,000 showed up to watch a practice and get autographs from their favorite players.

Fanfest was also a prime opportunity for Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos to gauge support for the team's Stadium Initiative.

The team also released its latest renderings of what a new downtown stadium will look like if the voters approve a hike in the Hotel Room Tax to help pay for it.

Again, this is the latest concept that's subject to change when all is finalized.

Pictures of the stadium show the main entry point to the stadium and the entry gateway into the bowl or the field.

There are end zone suites, an end zone terrace and sideline club seats.

There is also a corporate hospitality and civic events area and a fan park.

And there's the landscape area from the trolley station to the stadium.

It's an impressive state of the art stadium that will sit in the south end of the East Village. Just east of Petco Park.

The challenge for the Chargers is to get voter approval, especially if they need a two-thirds vote with several other competing tax issues on the ballot.

That was definitely on the mind of Dean Spanos as he mingled among the crowd.

No information has been released on season ticket sales, but it's cause for concern if this turns out to be the last season in San Diego.

Every fan who bought a season ticket at Fanfest also got a free Chargers replica, micro-helmet and a 2016 yearbook.

The players were in the crowd, signing autographs and letting the fans know their support can help the team on the field.

"Support is always everything, a support system will take us much farther," said Chargers Linebacker, Melvin Ingram.

"The game would be so boring without the fans out there cheering for us and yelling for us. So I think it's great to have just time to go through everybody and get autographs out," said Chargers Cornerback, Brandon Flowers.

There is support for and against this stadium initiative, centered on two fronts, the tax issue and its location in the East Village.

This come down to what's more important to the voters. Keeping an NFL team that's called San Diego home for more than 50 years or increasing spending for city services.

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