San Diego Mayor's Office Gives Go-Ahead to Playing Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders reportedly indicated Thursday night that Qualcomm Stadium will be ready to host the Chargers-Houston Texans game on Sunday afternoon, as scheduled.

The mayor's office indicated the final decision about playing the game would be up to the Chargers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

But the Chargers seemed to indicate they still expected Sanders to make the decision. They issued a written statement saying they "are working with the mayor's office and the NFL to ensure that all aspects of this situation are carefully evaluated and that the best possible decision for the people of San Diego is ultimately reached. The Chargers will continue to do everything possible to provide Mayor Sanders with the flexibility he needs to determine what is in the public interest."

League officials have spent the week considering moving the game to Houston, Dallas or elsewhere if it could not be played in San Diego because of the wildfires plaguing Southern California. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also has left open the possibility of playing the game Monday night in San Diego.

Qualcomm Stadium reportedly is scheduled to close as a shelter for evacuees today, but there still could be some concerns about the air quality in San Diego.

The Chargers have been practicing in Arizona this week.

By Mark Maske |  October 26, 2007; 10:09 AM ET  | Category:  Chargers , League , Texans
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Can you say punting? No one wants to be responsible for being the one to give the goahead for this game to happen during a time of crisis when people have lost everything and be seen as insensitive. So, everyone is defering to everyone else. Even in San Diego (I have family there so I have been watching the situation closely), opinion is divided on closing the Q as an evac center and playing the game.

Posted by: ep | October 26, 2007 12:19 PM

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