San Diego Stadium Coalition, Save Our Bolts and Other Groups Unite to Oppose Hoteliers Who Are Blocking Initiatives for Downtown Stadium / Convention Center
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 16, 2016) – The San Diego Stadium Coalition, Save Our Bolts and other civic and fan groups have come together in support of a national boycott against several San Diego hoteliers (known as the Hotelier Cabal) that are impeding efforts to build a downtown convention center / stadium. The hoteliers identified in the boycott are financially influencing local politicians who are collectively opposing the development of a downtown mixed-use facility.
The hotels identified in the boycott include:
- Lodge at Torrey Pines
Town and Country Hotel
- Pacific Terrace Hotel
- Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites
- The Dana on Mission Bay
- Sheraton La Jolla
- Hilton Harbor Island
- Best Western Island Palms Hotel and Marina
- Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
- Days inn San Diego Hotel Circle (near Sea World)
“Whether you feel strongly about the Chargers and their quest for a new stadium or not, the influence that the hotel industry wields over local officials has created a dysfunctional political ecosystem where voter and taxpayer interests are being mortgaged to the highest bidder.” said Jason Riggs, San Diego Stadium Coalition Founder and Chairman. He added, “In 2008 we started working with various civic groups to find a stadium solution in San Diego. During that time one roadblock has remained consistent and that’s the hotel industry’s opposition to a downtown multi-use facility. Until these hoteliers and the politicians that represent them come forth to transparently discuss and negotiate the Chargers’ downtown convention center/stadium solution, we are asking everyone not to patronize their hotels.”
David Agranoff, co-founder of Save Our Bolts said, “Despite a downtown plan that includes a significant investment from the Chargers and zero general fund dollars, we have been surprised at the lack of support from local politicians and out right characterizations in campaign materials. We fear that a group of powerful San Diego hoteliers are influencing local politicians and creating a united political front against the Chargers. Follow the trail of donations and it is shameful that these hotels are using politicians to pit neighborhoods against millions of Chargers fans. The reality is this plan doesn’t hurt your neighborhood in any way. It is time to hold them accountable. And our national fan base is ready to make sure when friends and family come to visit they know where NOT to book a room.”
Save Our Bolts along with The San Diego Stadium Coalition and their combined 42,000 members have joined forces and received support from various NFL fan groups throughout the world to socialize and execute this hotel boycott.
Riggs added, “We know it’s going to take some real financial pressure on these hoteliers before they’ll negotiate in good faith to resolve our lingering convention center and stadium issues. We feel this is a good start.”
The boycott officially kicks off on Monday, May 16, 2016
About The San Diego Stadium Coalition (http://www.sdstadium.org)
Founded in 2008, the San Diego Stadium Coalition is an organization whose members are fully committed to working with municipal entities to facilitate the construction of a world-class stadium within San Diego County, which will serve as a home for the San Diego Chargers and potentially the SDSU Aztecs, College Bowl Games, and other events. The group’s commitment is fueled by a passion for local sports, an acute understanding of the San Diego market and an unyielding desire to keep high profile events and the Chargers (the region’s only NFL franchise) in the county. The SDSC strongly believes that this goal will be achieved by working transparently with key stakeholders including citizens, politicians, regional business leaders and other key parties.
About The Save Our Bolts (http://www.saveourbolts.org)
Save Our Bolts is a grassroots fan based organization of NFL fans committed to keeping the San Diego Chargers where they belong. As an organization and individuals, we know that a new stadium that will provide a venue not only to the Chargers, but several other events (super bowls, concerts and Championship games) that will bring economic growth to the entire region. The current stadium is out of date and a drain of tax-payer money, a new multipurpose venue could house many events of which the Chargers would be a small percentage.
For info on the political influence of San Diego Hoteliers, visit http://www.hoteliercabal.com
San Diego Stadium Coalition Contacts
Megan Swanland Riggs, 858-344-1712 / email@example.com
Jason Riggs, 858-229-3016 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Our Bolts Contacts
David Agranoff, 619-230-5799
Johnny Abundez, 619-948-7113
Thomas Powell, 619-634-9610