Primarily designed for San Diego State University athletic events, the new Snapdragon Stadium opened Aug. 29, 2022.
Designed by Gensler, the $310 million LEED Gold venue will also be the home field for the San Diego Wave FC (National Women’s Soccer League) and San Diego Legion of Major League Rugby.
The 35,000-seat stadium leaves open the prospect of adding a roof over the west and east stands. Should there ever be the need for it, Snapdragon also has the potential to expand to 65,000 seats, a magic number desired by the National Football League.
These include 4,500 housing units, 90,000 square feet of commercial space and a 450-room hotel.
The $310 million LEED Gold venue, designed by Gensler, will serve as the football home for SDSU, as well as the home field for the NWSL’s San Diego Wave FC and Major League Rugby’s San Diego Legion. And it will do so in an intimate fashion unlike any stadium before it in San Diego.
Part of a larger 160-acre Mission Valley site that will eventually see a hotel, mixed-use residential and retail, greenspace and an innovation complex pairing SDSU research departments with private companies, the stadium sits as the heart of the development.
Built on a 160-acre Mission Valley site where Qualcomm Stadium once stood, development plans include a SDSU research complex, 4,500 housing units, 90,000 square feet of commercial space, a 450-room hotel and greenspace.
Forbes notes that the 90% of the demolished Qualcomm Stadium “was recycled and 200,000 tons of concrete was ground up and used in the streets, parking lots and other locations on the new project.”
Outside of sporting events, Snapdragon Stadium has also begun booking concerts and other nighttime programming.
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