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In 2000, three years after the stadium was expanded and renamed, Chargers owner Alex Spanos said the team needed a new stadium. Fabiani was hired in 2002 to try to get a new one built. Two days before the 2003 Super Bowl was played at Qualcomm, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said he was surprised the title game was being played in San Diego and that a return engagement was unlikely. That was the last of three Super Bowls played at the stadium.

The team butted heads with various city officials and looked at several sites in San Diego County without coming up with an alternative to the Qualcomm site or a way to pay for a new stadium.

In recent seasons, the Chargers have struggled to sell out games at Qualcomm.

Fabiani said that although the team has more than met the league’s relocation guidelines, it wouldn’t continue working toward a new stadium if it didn’t think one could be built.


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