Looking back to early 2015, the first Save Our Bolts meeting had less than 10 fans show up to a Mission Valley Starbucks and discuss how to save the team they were devoted to. Before the battle for Los Angeles, Carson2gether madness, CSAG forums or measure C, it was just a couple of fans trying to do what they could to build bridges.
Over the last two seasons, Save Our Bolts has become the voice for Chargers fans in the fight to keep the team in San Diego. It has molded into a strong civic-minded all-volunteer group that wants the team in San Diego for the future. The relationship between the fan groups and the team was at times contentious but now, the team is thanking the volunteers by honoring them on the field.
“This is a huge honor. The Chargers have not picked these twenty-five fan activists for this honor lightly. The people honored worked hard going to public meetings, going door-to-door, writing press releases, including some drafts that never made the cut, endless social media posts, gathering signatures and working campaign booths. They all did hard work behind the scenes for no money or glory,” said David Agranoff, co-founder of Save Our Bolts
Before the December 4th San Diego Chargers home game twenty-five members of Save Our Bolts, San Diego Stadium Coalition, and the Chargers Backers will be honored on the field before the game.
“For a football fan there is no bigger honor, we hope fans will get in the stadium early and cheer loud and proud for the activists who fought for them. The key is that it can be you next time. Anyone can get involved,” said Shawn Walchef of Save Our Bolts and owner of Cali Comfort BBQ.
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“Glad our friends in Sacramento, Crown Downtown, fought against the negativity. Now the positive impact of having a world class venue is showing. Wish us luck in our mission to Save Our Bolts in San Diego.” – Johnny BoltPride, Save Our Bolts Co-Founder and Organizer.
Their investment is showing:
“SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In the short time since construction on the Golden One Center started, Downtown Sacramento property values are up by $180 million, according to the Sacramento County assessor’s office.”
“What we’re seeing right now is really encouraging with the investment that developers and property owners are making in the buildings right around the arena,” he said.
Golden 1 Center Increasing Value Of Surrounding Properties By As Much As $180 Million
As the City of San Diego and Chargers continue to negotiate the plans for a new multi-purpose stadium in Mission Valley the grassroots effort to support the plan is coming together. Members of Save Our Bolts have continued to organize the community in their ongoing effort and highlight massive community support in San Diego County for the Chargers. Back on March 20th the group organized a county wide spirit day and casual Friday became Chargers Friday. Participants included the employees of the City of Escondido and San Diego, restaurants and car dealerships.
“We had a fantastic reaction with thousands of pictures posted that day with hashtag #saveourbolts it showed a sense community backing for the Chargers we knew was there. This time for 6/19 were doing it bigger and better. With events and specials at restaurants and businesses around the county. BJ’s in Mission Valley is hosting a happy hour meet-up with a 10% discount for people attending in Chargers gear! And that is just the beginning.” said Marisa Cali of Save Our Bolts. Here is a list of businesses that have agreed to support the 6/19 Spirit Day:
Tilted Kilt Mission Valley – 15% off to all guests wearing CHARGERS gear plus free Save Our Bolts stickers (while supplies last)
BJ’s Mission Valley – Happy hour specials all day when mentioning Save Our Bolts plus 10% discount*
El Pollo Grill – 19% discount on total bill when mentioning Save Our Bolts spirit day.
Cali Comfort – Plate special : 1 pound of slow cooked rib tips for $6.19 all day. Happy Hour 3-6pm
Nittis Tattoo & Barber Shop – $61 SD related tattoos (plus $9 tip) at Mission Valley and Chula Vista locations, $55 Chargers Bolts tattoos at Mission Valley location – First come, first served. See below for more details.
Evolution Lighthouse – 30% off ALL products Friday 6/12 and 6/19 Spirit Day. Please use code Spirit Day when ordering. Click here for more info.
Piña Business Services – Free month of Bookkeeping and/or Payroll Services if you sign up on or before 6/19 Click here for more info.
Landini’s Pizzeria in Little Italy is offering 19% off specialty pies all day – The BOLT and M80!
It is not late for your business to get involved! You and your workplace can send a message to the NFL and the Spanos family. If you have a business Save Our Bolts is listing and spreading the word about promotions to our massive internet following. If your office is taking part we can add that to our list as well. It is not to late to approach your boss about taking part.
If you are a business or would like more information on Spirit Day specials, send our social media team an email here.
We ask that you share and RSVP to the Facebook 6/19 Event.
*Does not apply to happy hour specials or alcoholic drinks. See manager for details
David Agranoff appeared on Jonathan Owens Podcast last night talking about the movement and 6/19 Spirit Day. Listen to it here:
David Agranoff- Save Our Bolts- 6-2-15 by Jonathan Owens on Mixcloud
For the first time in the history of the stadium fight, the City and the Chargers have the framework for a plan. Last March, you helped us send a message to the Chargers and the NFL that we are a GREAT SPORTS TOWN. Now it’s time to show your San Diego pride… What better day to show your civic pride than Friday June 19th! 619!
Between now and June 19th, we ask everyone to spread the word to wear their Chargers gear on this day. Share this info with your bosses, your employees and especially with your friends and family! If you know casual fans and you have a closet full of gear lend them a shirt, hat or jersey for the day. We need everyone wearing blue and gold on 6/19!
RSVP to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632890440259768/
We will be having a fan meetup at the end of the day…Stay tuned for those details! For media inquiries, please contact Thomas Powell (@tpowell619
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