City to lose thousands in Chargers ticket royalties

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 09:00:30-05

SAN DIEGO - Bars and restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium are already bracing for life after the Chargers. But they're not the only ones who could lose out on game day revenue.

So could the city of San Diego.

And it's not just because it would lose sales and hotel tax revenue. It's because the city was collecting royalties on Chargers tickets sold through Ticketmaster. 

The city was collecting 50 cents per Chargers ticket sold through the ticketing giant. It also includes motocross and college football bowl games. A city spokesman says San Diego collected $24,933 in royalty fees from Ticketmaster last season.

The contract goes through 2018. Ticketmaster is expected to pay less next season with the Chargers gone and the Poinsettia Bowl canceled.