Wheels are officially in motion for San Diego State to try to wrest Mission Valley from the evil grip of
the global communist conspiracy soccer, hella condos and bougie mixology bars, probably. Today the proxy group created to do the university’s political bidding on this issue stated its intent to start gathering signatures to get SDSU West on the ballot.
From the Union-Tribune’s Roger Showley:
The newly formed Friends of SDSU Steering Committee said they will publish a notice of intent Saturday to launch a city ballot initiative drive that would authorize the city to sell 132 of the 166 acres at SDCCU Stadium. The 14-page measure is called the SDSU West Campus Research, Stadium and River Initiative.
The details are … slim. But there is one key detail that will reverberate among Aztecs football fans:
However, the initiative does call for a new stadium of at least 35,000 seats to be built within seven years of the measure’s passage.
There it is. It will be a new stadium of at least 35,000 seats, not a renovation of the SDCCU Free Checking Tombstone. It seems my dreams of aliens coming down to see the old concrete hulk towering over the ruins of our lost civilization will not come to pass.
Well, unless the doomsday clock strikes midnight some time in the next eight years. Which, let’s face it, is probably a 50/50 proposition at best. Sad!
Snap reaction to today’s announcement seems to generally be irritation with the university for not having all its ducks in a row yet.
And … well … after the past nine months I think we all understand that line of criticism. Still, rumblings have been that SDSU will probably unveil something more concrete early next year. The timing of this announcement seems to be aimed at getting something in motion now in case the SoccerCity plan is put to the voters in June 2018.
Which makes sense.
Long story short: I hope you’re ready for more internet skirmishes with soccer fans in a brutal and stupid war of words that will make exactly zero people budge from their previously stated positions.
Because it’s coming, friends.
Maaaaan is it ever coming.