Posted in 2023 in at Facts & History
Posted in at Facts & History
Qualcomm Stadium, once home to the Chargers and prior to the construction of Petco Park, the San Diego Padres, is no more.Qualcomm was sold to San Diego State University in 2020. Demolition began in December 2020 and Snapdragon was built next door.
Snapdragon Stadium will be known as Snapdragon Stadium for at least 15 years. That contract, reportedly $45 million, lasts through 2037. Snapdragon is the brand name of Qualcomm’s mobile platform.
1967-1980: Early Years and Renaming
San Diego Chargers, a member of the American Football League (AFL), played the inaugural game on August 20, 1967. In September 1980, the stadium was renamed San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium in honor of Jack Murphy. Capacity increased in 1983 with the addition of over 9,000 bleachers.
1990s: Renovations and Naming Rights
Major renovations in 1997 enclosed the stadium, adding nearly 11,000 seats in preparation for Super Bowl XXXII. In 1997, Qualcomm Corporation acquired naming rights, and the stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium. It became known as “The Q” and was home to the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres.
2000s: Sports Teams and Renovations
San Diego Padres played at the stadium from 1969 to 2003. Qualcomm Stadium hosted Super Bowls XXII (1988), XXXII (1998), and XXXVII (2003). It also hosted MLB All-Star Games in 1978 and 1992, along with MLB playoffs and World Series games.
2010s: Transitions and Demolition
The naming rights shifted to San Diego County Credit Union in 2017, becoming SDCCU Stadium. The San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017. The stadium hosted its final event, the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, in December 2019. Demolition of the stadium began in December 2020.
Legacy and Impact
The stadium played a pivotal role in hosting NFL games, MLB games, Super Bowls, and MLB All-Star Games. It was the home of the San Diego State Aztecs football team and hosted college bowl games. The legacy of the stadium lives on in the new Snapdragon Stadium, opened in 2022, and in the memories of San Diego sports history.
Fun fact: There are more than a few easter eggs at the new stadium that survived from the Qualcomm days.
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