The San Diego Chargers have collected enough signatures to qualify their new stadium proposal for the November election.
The City Clerk of San Diego determined on Saturday that sufficient signatures were obtained to place the "Chargers Citizens' Initiative" on the Nov. 8 ballot.
If the measure is successful, the franchise would stay in San Diego instead of exercising its option to relocate to Los Angeles as a tenant to Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the stadium he has under construction in Inglewood, Calif.
The Chargers needed to get at least 66,447 valid voter signatures supporting the proposal, or 10 percent of registered voters at the last city election.
City Clerk Elizabeth Maland confirmed that the random sample results due Sunday projected that 78,964 were valid.
The measure now goes to the San Diego City Council, which will formally put the initiative on the ballot.
Chargers chairman and owner Dean Spanos issued a statement after the clerk's announcement:
"The entire Chargers organization is grateful to all of those who helped qualify our initiative for the November 2016 ballot. We gathered more than 110,000 signatures in less than six weeks, an extraordinary result that demonstrates the high level of community interest in a new multi-use stadium and convention center facility downtown. I would again like to thank all of those who signed the petition along with the fan groups, labor organizations, and businesses large and small that helped with our effort."
The vote is for a $1.8-billion, retractable-roof stadium and convention center expansion in downtown San Diego. The Chargers would contribute $650 million -- which includes $300 million from the NFL with the rest coming from the team, licensing payments, fan-paid "stadium-builder" premiums and other private sources.
The initiative would raise the tax on hotel stays in the city from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent, which would pay back $1.15 billion in municipal bonds to cover the city's $350 million for the football stadium, $600 million for the convention center annex and $200 million for land.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attended a rally in San Diego in April that was designed as a kickoff effort to gather signatures for the ballot initiative.
"I'm confident that if they can get a stadium built here, the owners will want to support it with a Super Bowl," Goodell told reporters at the rally. "I think that's what this community deserves, and we're all going to work to try and find a solution."
San Diego last hosted a Super Bowl in 2003. The NFL said at the time that the city wouldn't host another one until Qualcomm Stadium was replaced with a new stadium.
The vote on Nov. 8 could require a two-thirds majority, depending on a ruling by the state's Supreme Court.