Qualcomm Stadium to get $700K internet upgrade

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 01:27:56-04

The Chargers are continuing their push to move out of San Diego’s aging Qualcomm Stadium.

But the city is still sinking millions into The Q.

And there’s a new plan to use taxpayer money to supercharge the stadium's internet, even if many fans can't log on.

Charger fan Dave Agranoff says it's almost impossible to get a signal when The Q is packed for a game. He says the nearly 60-year-old stadium is showing its age.

"It's a couple steps above the Roman Colosseum," he said. "Qualcomm Stadium is like a $10 to $15 million pothole in the city."

Now the city is prepared to throw in another $700,000 into The Q for fiber optic internet and other technology upgrades. A spokesman for the city says about $415,000 is already allocated, and that the project's a go, even with the Chargers' future uncertain.

"The future of the facility is up in the air depending on so many different variables. Until a decision is made we’re going to continue to do what we can to maintain it," he said, adding that the venue attracts a variety of events beyond football.

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said the team was unaware of the project and had no comment. 

Charger fan Johnny Abundez said he thinks the money would be better spent elsewhere, such as for helping the homeless. Agranoff said, however, that the additions could pay off.

"If we're able to get world-class events and world-class concerts to the stadium it will indirectly benefit the fans and the community as a whole," he said. 

The upgrade may not directly boost the internet for fans. The upgrades are for teams and media, with Wi-Fi hot spots that fans may be able to tap into. 

But Agranoff said it's still better than connecting at the games now, and much better than the Roman Colosseum.