With its run at Qualcomm Stadium possibly ending in the coming years, San Diego State University is looking for a longterm solution for a new facility.
The effort to secure a home facility for SDSU has been the focus of considerable attention, particularly since the NFL’s San Diego Chargers left Qualcomm Stadium and relocated to Los Angeles in January. Now that the Chargers are out of the mix, officials are considering the possibility of tearing down Qualcomm Stadium in the coming years, meaning that SDSU might have to find a new home after its lease expires in 2018.
Petco Park, home to MLB’s San Diego Padres, could be an option for 2019, though university officials do not believe that the Padres want to commit the facility for the following fall. Meanwhile, a new stadium for an MLS expansion franchise has been pitched as part of the larger SoccerCity development at the Qualcomm Stadium site, but SDSU ceased discussions of sharing that stadium in May. (SoccerCity is facing a possible referendum in November 2018, something that was covered this week on sister site Soccer Stadium Digest.)
Despite the uncertainty, the university still believes it will obtain a longterm solution. SDSU football officials, including Ricky Long, expressed that sentiment in recent remarks. More from CBS Sports:
“I don’t worry about it because I have no control over it,” Long said as the Mountain West Media Days continued Wednesday in Las Vegas. “I do have confidence in it, that something is going to get done.”
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“We’ve been asked that,” athletic director J.D. Wicker said.
“I told them,” Long added, “I think it’s all going to work out.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that SDSU presented an alternate redevelopment plan for the Qualcomm Stadium site that included a new stadium, along with park space, housing, retail, offices, and a hotel. More information about the plan, which did not include a cost estimate or details for how SDSU would finance the project, could be presented down the road.
Image of football action at Qualcomm Stadium courtesy SDSU.
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