The idea was dubbed an investment in a major city-owned site by officials. However, some questioned if spending $250,000 on 64 new parking spaces was a good idea.
The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved a 10-year usage deal with the Los Angeles Chargers to practise at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex during the NFL team’s training camp this summer on Tuesday night, March 21.
In January, the Chargers confirmed their relocation from San Diego to Los Angeles, as well as the relocation of their headquarters to the Hive office complex in Costa Mesa.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos addressed the City Council, thanking City Manager Tom Hatch and the Costa Mesa team for their efforts in bringing this deal to fruition. Spanos asked members of the public to attend the camp and meet the football players.
Because the fields at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex were being repaire during the summer months, no child sports teams will be displaced during that period. Starting in mid-July, the club will have their training camp on fields 3 and 4, where the turf will be brought up to NFL standards. Training camp will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and end around the middle of August.
The team will pay Costa Mesa $150,000 each year to utilise the facility for a total of $1.5 million over ten years as part of this training camp arrangement.
The Chargers will also provide $50,000 to the city for a recently approved Mobile Recreation Program. Because field renovations must begin as soon as April, the Chargers have agreed to make a one-time payment of $10,000 to the AYSO soccer group to assist in the search for a new field.
The city and the Charger intend to work closely together to ensure that surrounding homes and neighbourhoods are not disrupted. The city and the team will establish a detailed plan for managing parking and traffic in the region because the training camp will coincide with the annual OC Fair.