San Diego City Council votes to put SoccerCity project on 2018 general election ballot

Posted at 7:10 PM, Jun 19, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--The San Diego City Council dealt a big blow to the SoccerCity redevelopment project planned for the Qualcomm Stadium site Monday night. 

The Council voted unanimously to bring the plan to the voters of San Diego - and shelf until the November 2018 general election. 

Over 100-thousand voters signed petitions in favor of the plan to replace Qualcomm Stadium with a smaller facility for professional soccer and college football. 

SoccerCity also includes a park along the San Diego River, housing, offices, and commercial space.

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Now that the council has decided to send the proposal to a public vote, there's some question as to when that would happen.

SoccerCity released this statement after the Council's decision: 

“Today, the City Council heard hours of incredibly compelling testimony from hundreds of San Diegans who said they wanted to vote on SoccerCity before the MLS selects cities for the league’s final four teams this fall.

We’re proud of the huge, broad coalition of citizens that stood up today against the powerful political establishment who wants to kill the project through delay.

The motion the City Council unanimously passed explicitly allows for future consideration of a special election on SoccerCity this year. We owe it to supporters to continue to fight for their right to cast a vote when it still matters.”