MLS Expansion: San Diego's SoccerCity is finally on ballot but faces competition

Remember SoccerCity, the San Diego plan for a soccer stadium and development on the site of the old Qualcomm Stadium (now SDCCU Stadium) in Mission Valley?

It made San Diego briefly a hot MLS expansion candidate about a year and a half ago, but the plan needed voter approval. A petition in support of the measure received more than 100,000 signatures from registered voters, but the San Diego city council rejected a plan to conduct a special election in November 2017, preferring to wait until the general election in November 2018.

Without a green light from voters on the $4 billion plan to redevelop the area around the stadium in Mission Valley, FS Investors, which backed the MLS bid, could not go forward with SoccerCity. Local politics and competition from other developers with eyes on the property complicated the situation.



In the meantime, Nashville and Cincinnati -- both long-shots a year and a half ago -- were awarded the next two MLS expansion franchises. But the complications that so many expansion bidders faced -- Cincinnati wasn't announced until May -- meant that the timeline on teams No. 27 and No. 28 has been pushed back to a yet to be determined day.

All that has brought San Diego back in the picture, as the SoccerCity measure will be on the ballot in November -- as the city council wished.

One catch: A competing private development project -- SDSU West -- is also on the ballot. SDSU West also wants to develop the Mission Valley stadium site with housing and commercial projects and a development for San Diego State's campus expansion -- plus a stadium for the football Aztecs.

SoccerCity backers argue their plan is the way to go: Their plan calls for 35 acres to be set aside for SDSU's campus expansion and the football Aztecs could use the SoccerCity stadium without having to pay the full cost of building a stadium.

(SDSU West, in turn, offers to house a soccer team at the new stadium.)

2 comments about "MLS Expansion: San Diego's SoccerCity is finally on ballot but faces competition".
  1. Ginger Peeler, August 8, 2018 at 10:29 p.m.

    For so many years, I’ve hoped to be able to return to the San Diego area. The soccer fans are awesome and the area isn’t too shabby to live in, either.  I’ll never forget the years my family followed the indoor San Diego Sockers after all of the major outdoor pro teams playing nationally had folded. I hope SoccerCity is wildly successful!

  2. Ginger Peeler, August 8, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.

    For so many years, I’ve hoped to be able to return to the San Diego area. The soccer fans are awesome and the area isn’t too shabby to live in, either.  I’ll never forget the years my family followed the indoor San Diego Sockers after all of the major outdoor pro teams playing nationally had folded. I hope SoccerCity is wildly successful!

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