Last November, a ballot measure to redevelop SDCCU Stadium site into a professional soccer stadium called “Soccer City” was REJECTED by San Diego residents. Instead, residents favored SDCCU Stadium, formerly Qualcomm Stadium (and before that Jack Murphy Stadium) to be converted into a Mission Valley Campus as an expansion of San Diego State.
According to SDSU Athletic Director John David Wicker:
“We have designed a stadium that works for Aztec football, but it’s going to work for soccer, it’s going to work for concerts, the concourse was developed in a way that it’s going to be able to be used 365 days a year,”
Students and Alumni were tremendously enthusiastic about the new renderings which were unveiled at Aztecs Fan Fest this past weekend.
“That’s so awesome! It would be amazing to finally fill the stadium for once because it feels empty but we know there’s a bunch of people here,” one SDSU student exclaimed.
For any Aztec or alum who has attended a game in the past thirty-plus years, even when attendance approached 50,000, the stadium has felt half-full. This cavernous stadium which has held as many as 73,000, was very much oversized for the Aztecs football squad. And, despite San Diego State having excellent attendance in sports (Aztecs basketball has led California NCAA basketball attendance for upwards of six years), the stadium has always been an obvious retrofit.
The new stadium would seat up to 35,000; position the student section behind the goal posts and create specialized dining designed for students. Because of this, it is probable that every game will be a sellout event, and “The Show,” SDSU’s frenetic fan base, will be able to be a greater impact player in football just as it is in basketball.
J.D. Wicker informed students that tickets will be discounted for the student section. “Our goal is they’ll be able to use their Red ID, the money that’s on their Aztec dining plan that they can use there,” he added.
“I’m all for it because students are on a budget out here,” one student said.
“I’m not trying to spend $5 on water anymore,” another added.
The new stadium is projected to cost $250 million, according to officials.
The Environmental Impact Report is seeking out additional public comment through October, 2019 Wicker shared. They hope to break ground in the Spring of 2020 and have their first game in their new stadium September 3, 2022, against University of Arizona.
The Aztec Nation is about take a big step forward.