Snapdragon Replaced This Iconic Stadium: Here is What Comes next

Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California, was completed in 2022. It is home to the San Diego State Aztecs football team, San Diego FC (beginning in 2025), and the San Diego Legion. Snapdragon Stadium replaced the iconic San Diego Stadium, which was also home to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers before they relocated to Los Angeles in 2017.

Soon after the Chargers left, plans began for a new home for the Aztecs. San Diego State University bought the old stadium in 2020, and groundbreaking took place a week later. Snapdragon Stadium is named after Qualcomm’s Snapdragon brand of mobile device processors. The stadium is part of the SDSU Mission Valley mixed-use development, which will also includes transit, retail, housing, and community parks.

Location History

San Diego Stadium

San Diego Stadium opened in 1967 and had multiple names over the years. It was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium in the 1980s and Qualcomm Stadium in the late 1990s, after the San Diego-based telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm. In 2017, the name changed to SDCCU Stadium, an acronym for San Diego County Credit Union, which purchased the naming rights that same year. It hosted three Super Bowls and was home to the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres until 2003.

Snapdragon Stadium site in 1953.
Aerial view of same location in 1953 about 12 years before construction began and before Interstate 15.
San Diego stadium construction in 1966.
Construction in 1966. The Chargers would play their first game in the stadium by 1967.
SDCCU Stadium in 2020
SDCCU Stadium in 2020 before being demolished.
New Snapdragon stadium construction in 2021
New Snapdragon stadium construction in 2021.

The stadium could seat up to 70,000 people for football and 63,000 for baseball. Demolition began in December 2020 and was complete March 2021.

SDSU Mission Valley 

In addition to the stadium, the SDSU Mission Valley mixed-use development will include various amenities such as:

  • Over 1.6 million square feet of academic and research space.
  • Over 80 acres of open space with a River Park, athletic and recreational fields.
  • More than 4,600 residential units, including student, faculty, and staff housing.
  • 95,000 square feet of retail shops and business space.
  • Approximately 400 hotel rooms with 40,000 square feet of conference space.
  • More than 4 miles of hiking and biking trails.
New Snapdragon Stadium

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by F. E. Mufute

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