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Wildfires Displace Residents, Residents Displace Football

10/23/2007 5:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The San Diego Chargers call Qualcomm Stadium home -- but as of this morning, so do 10,000 people evacuated because of area wildfires. As a result, the team doesn't know when or where they'll be playing their next game.
Qualcomm Stadium
Since the stadium is northeast of downtown and out of harm's way, it is being used as an evacuation center. Four years ago this week, the team was in the same exact situation and ended up playing a "home" game in Arizona. That could be problematic this week, since the Arizona Cardinals are off this week, and the stadium is scheduled to host a motorcycle show Friday through Sunday afternoon.

The Chargers are scheduled to host the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon, and the NFL has not yet decided what to do.

Over 1,000 homes have been lost in the San Diego area.

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#24 JJ - This is San Diego County, not Hickville, USA. With your philosophy, anyone living in a potentially dangerous place due to natural disasters should move. Where would majority of the country move to?? Think before you comment. You are an idiot.

2524 days ago


#27 - George - You are just an evil troll, remember that what you put out will come back to you.

#24 - JJ - You are just completely ignorant, please go back to school and get an education. While your at it, if you should probably volunteer at a hospital or hospice perhaps you can learn a little bit about compassion.

Everyone Knew that Katrina was coming. I heard about it in California 1 week prior to it coming ashore, the officials and residents of New Orleans made very bad decisions. Many refused to evacuate creating extra burdens to an already overworked emergency system. San Diego did not have 1 week to prepare and evacuate. Yet over 1 Million residents of all colors and nationalities have. People are helping each other wherever they can. Is it perfect? Hell no, but perhaps we all got a valuable lesson in stupidity watching Katrina unfold. This is not a black / white issue this is a human issue.
Sarcastic comments in the face this magnatude of disaster is tasteless. We all need to support the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army who are doing wonderful things to help. And if you can't help .... don't say something to hurt just shut up.

2524 days ago


This photo is made up. The fires are no where near the stadium and no one is being allowed on the field. People are camping in the seats and hallways and parking lot. It is really quite calm and orderly and things are going smoothly with plenty of food and supplies.

2524 days ago


Re comment #9.

I just called the lady with the 70 animals in the shopping center parking lot. She said she now has more help than she needs.

I'm proud of my fellow San Diegans.

2524 days ago

Mary T.    

Ray Nagan......Maybe the people of California could show you how to handle a crisis......................................Wonderful job California...America is praying for you and all the brave firefighters.....................

Nagan...you were a total flop......Not the U.S. YOU

2524 days ago

Mary T.    

George...SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY........or call for an insane ward................................................

2524 days ago

Roe Roe    

Hey Everyone-
Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. I am a wife of a fire fighter who is bravely fighting these fires and I also had to evacuate with my children. Some people don't realize that the fire fighter's have families who worry about them and have live in the communities that are beig evacuated and burned down.
Please pray for the fire fighters, their families, all of the police officers that are keeping the peace here in San Diego.

To all of my San Diego people: You all are awesome. I'm born and raised here in San Diego and it doesn't matter what color you are, rich or poor we all work together when disaster happens.

Keep keep the prayers going, this hell is not even half way done.

Live in Peace!!!

2524 days ago


Roe Roe - I am in Orange County and I am in complete awe of how the firefighters and emergency personnell have been working together to combat this hideous situation. Your husband and all his brethren are in my prayers. Keep the faith everyone in America is watching and willing to help however we can.

When this is done, and you have your husband back know that to millions of people he is a hero! God bless your family and all who are caught in this situation.

2524 days ago


i almost had to go there, i could see flames, but luckily, it turned the other way.

2524 days ago


I love the way you guys make the fire look like it's just on the ridge above Qualcomm, those fires are nowhere near that area! Get real!!!

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