San Diego Chargers
Originally known as San Diego Stadium, then Jack Murphy Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium is located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego and is the home of the NFL’s Chargers.
It’s a multi-purpose venue and in addition to it serving as home to the San Diego Chargers, it’s also the home of College Football’s San Diego State University’s Aztecs. It’s also the home for a number of College Bowl games such as the Holiday Bowl and the Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres also played at the stadium till 2003 when they moved into their own field.
Due to the very nice weather, it’s been the site of three NFL Super Bowls over the years including Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, and again in 2003 for Super Bowl XXXVII.
It’s the only stadium in the country to have hosted both the NFL’s Super Bowl and MLB’s World Series in the same year, which was 1998. It is also one of only three stadiums to have hosted the Super Bow, World Series, and the MLB All Star Game.
•Opened: August 20, 1967
•Playing Surface: Bandera Bermuda Grass
•Location: 9449 Friars Road
San Diego, California 92108
• Original plans for the stadium began developing in 1960, when popular local sportswriter jack Murphy began to push for support of a new multi-purpose San Diego stadium. It wasn’t till November of 1965 that the plans were finalized and set into motion with a bond of $27 million for the construction.
• The San Diego Chargers played their first game at what is now known as Qualcomm Stadium back on August 20 of 1967. Back then the capacity was only around 50,000, but has since then grown to 70,561.
• In 1980, after the passing of Jack Murhpy whose efforts set the ground work for the creation of the stadium, the venue was named to Jack Murphy Stadium to memorialize the late, great sportswriter.
• The stadium has come to be named Qualcomm Stadium after Qualcomm bought the naming rights to the stadium in 1997 at a price of $18 million, and the contract lasts until 2017.
• It’s been the host of the Super Bowl in 1988, 1998, and again in 2003.
• It hosted Major League Baseball’s All Star Game there in 1978 and in 1992, as well as the National League Division series in 1996 and 1998, and also featured the World Series in 1984 and 1998.
Past and Current Teams
San Diego Chargers (AFL/NFL) (1967–present)
San Diego Padres (MLB) (1969–2003)
San Diego State Aztecs (NCAA) (1967–present)
San Diego Padres (PCL) (1968)
San Diego Sockers (NASL) (1978–1984)
San Diego Jaws (NASL) (1976)