Stadium watch: In pursuit of a stadium deal

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Chargers fans are riding high on the victory over the Cowboys.

Thursday's first pre-season win was a bright spot during a week that saw Bolts fans pivot back and forth between hope and discouragement.

There's no question that a Chargers win makes everyone feel pretty good, but that's about the only thing that isn't being contested, after a very volatile week of news about the Chargers and just how long they'll keep playing in San Diego. 

This was the week that also brought more doubts and dismal forecasts about the future of the Chargers in San Diego. 

On Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city officials proudly unveiled a 6,000 page EIR, completed at hyper speed, but 100 people working around the clock in a feverish three weeks.

Also presented that day, the architectural sketches and financing plan for the $1.1 billion stadium proposed for Mission Valley, next to Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers would kick in $362 million. 

The NFL would pay $200 million and the sale of personal seat licenses would rake in $187 million.

The public tab from taxpayers would amount to $350 million, for a total projected cost of just over $1 billion.

The city's financing plans and stadium designs were also presented to the NFL owners in Chicago.

The league and owners will have to decide which of three teams should stay in their home markets and which ones will get the nod to move to Los Angeles.

League Executive Eric Grubman gave the city's presentation solid marks. 

"The city of San Diego evidenced a significant amount of progress in terms of putting together something that is beginning to be defined," he said.

But just as supporters of the stadium plan began to sense a second wind, one man, Carmen Policy, seemed to tear down the sails.

The Former NFL Team Executive, hired by the Chargers and the Raiders to push the move to Carson, told reporters that the project is a "go" for both teams as soon as approvals come through.

Paid to lobby for a Chargers move to L.A., Policy said the team could be playing in Carson by 2019.

But Mayor Faulconer was quick to answer back, trying to stanch suspicions that keeping the Chargers in San Diego is looking more like a lost cause. 

He spoke with KUSI about these statements.

"What you need is the Chargers to engage. We said very clearly, we can hold a special election, we have community support, we have the political support, all the ingredients that haven't really existed in a while and we'll make our case directly to the NFL."

County Supervisor Ron Roberts also refused to say that the stadium fight is over.

"We put a good package together and I hope it works with the Chargers. If it doesn't, you know there are other NFL teams out there."

Now, public vote is not required for the stadium deal to be approved, but both the team and elected officials have said that they want a vote.

The deadline to get a deal hammered out is about four weeks away in order to hold a special election by mid-January.

The NFL has indicated that it will make a decision about re-location before the Superbowl. 

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