The San Diego Chargers kick off the season tonight in their current 42-year-old Qualcomm Stadium home.

After originally asking for a new stadium in 2002, and spending the past three years searching for a site through a rough economy and California’s rigorous processes, the Chargers are continuing their search to find an appropriate new site to build a stadium in San Diego County.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the team has discussed sites in National City, Oceanside and Chula Vista. Other possibilities included Escondido and possibly a downtown location next to Petco Park, home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

While team officials say they are continuing to work with San Diego County, some opinions believe if it were going to happen in San Diego County, it would have done so by now.

But Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Mass., who specializes in sports business, told the Union-Tribune that, “If it was going to happen, you’d think it would have happened already, so I think there’s good reason to suspect this is an insuperable challenge for them.”

According to the article, officials and developers in San Antonio, Las Vegas and Los Angeles have shown interest in stealing the Chargers away from San Diego County.

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