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New City Ordinance Has Charger Fans "Burning up"

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Curtis Egan
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    <a href="http://gazetteonline.com/files/2009/08/no_smoking-300x300.jpg"><img class="alignright" title="No Smoking" src="http://gazetteonline.com/files/2009/08/no_smoking-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="216" height="216" /></a>The City of San Diego has made a decision to ban smoking at Qualcomm Stadium. Now yesterday I spoke with a long time Charger fan who was immensely upset with the Chargers for banning smoking. This puzzled me as I was unaware that it was a Charger decision.

    I did some looking into things and found out that indeed the Chargers are just tenants at Qualcomm Stadium, that it is the City of San Diego that controls the stadium and sets the rules and regulations such as the elimination of the smoking areas.

    In an article by Mathew T. Hall of the Union Tribune (<a style="color: #22229c;" href="http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/25/smoking-areas-stadium-eliminated/?metro" target="_blank">http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stori...minated/?metro</a>), Chargers Director of Public Relations, Bill Johnson was unaware of the new policy when asked about it after the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He later released an e-mail stating "This year the City asked that the Chargers as a stadium tenant adhere to the ordinance and eliminate designated smoking areas inside the stadium and we agreed."

    Now, I have been told that during the preseason games fans have been fined up to $136.00 for violating the policy. This is understandably frustrating for those fans that are used to smoking during breaks in the games.

    Qualcomm Stadium manager Mike McSweeney said that the ban came because of the number of people who were smoking in non-designated areas, and the fact that the cigarette smoke would filter into the stadium plaza level causing numerous complaints. This is also not a new idea; San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has been calling for a ban of smoking at the Q since 2006.

    Though I am not a smoker, I can understand the frustration and anger, especially given the lack of information put out by the City of San Diego. In fact, according to the City Attorney's office, such a ban does not require a public hearing or council vote. Such information makes the conspiracy theorist in me wonder if they City didn't hope to make some much needed money off of the hapless smokers at Qualcomm Stadium.

    McSweeney is confident that regardless of any outcry the issue will not be reconsidered.

    So don't smoke at the Q, it could be the most expensive cigarette you have. Also be sure to target your frustration accordingly, it is not the tenants, (the Chargers) who banned smoking. It is the City of San Diego that did this, and then neglected to properly announce it.

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