First timers to Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego should make a point to spend a few moments and explore the stadium. Keep an eye out for these cool, signature details that give the new stadium historical context and make the experience unique.
Tony Gwynn Mural
This mural at Snapdragon Stadium is a tribute to local legend Tony Gwynn. Gwynn was an SDSU
student and coach, and a Hall of Fame baseball player for the San Diego Padres.
The mural was designed by Channin Fulton, an artist and designer from San Diego. She describes the mural quote style as “San Diego beach and environmental motifs with a retro flair.” Get to know Channin
One of the historical “easter eggs” at Snapdragon Stadium is actual seats salvaged from the old Qualcomm Stadium
and placed around Snapdragon. Four of which honor Aztecs superfan Tom Ables
, an honorary inductee in the Aztec Hall of Fame who passed away in 2017. Able’s seats are placed on the southeast concourse across from the SDSU Team Store
There are also chunks of the old stadium that became pavers in the northeast corner of the building.
Inspired by the classic California beach piers and extending out over the South endzone seating are the Sycuan Piers at Snapdragon Stadium (aka the “Diving Board” for its appearance and allege bouncy sensation). The piers hold loge boxes, standing room for 500, three bars and a concession stand, and can be reserved for Group Events
Also look out for the Toyota Terrace.
Jack Murphy Statue
Another throwback to the Qualcomm days, the Jack Murphy statue outside the main entrance of Qualcomm Stadium is now outside of the new Snapdragon Stadium. That’s his dog Abe at his side, a Labrador Retriever that the legendary sportswriter
would reference in his articles. The 16-ft tall Jack Murphy statue was created by San Diego artist A. Wasil in 2003.
Shout out to the field itself. If not for Bashor Field
, none of this would be possible.
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