9449 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
+1 619 641 3100
Fax: +1 619 283 0460
On August 20, 1967 The recently moved NFL franchise Chargers from Los Angeles played their first game at the newly built San Diego Stadium vs. the Detroit Lions. They may have lost that game by a score of 38-17, but dozens of memorable moments have been since been witnessed by thousands of San Diego fans. The truth is that there probably wouldn't have been anything had local sportswriter Jack Murphy not convinced the owner of the then L.A. Chargers to move to a new 50,000 seat stadium in San Diego. The stadium (since renamed to Jack Murphy Stadium and finally Qualcomm Stadium) has been home to the Chargers ever since. In addition to the pro football Chargers, Qualcomm has also been home to the San Diego State University Aztec football team and the annual Holiday Bowl, as well as the Major League Baseball team, the San Diego Padres who moved in a year after the Chargers in 1968. Today the Padres play at their own PETCO Park, and Qualcomm has expanded to hold nearly 71,000 fans. In 1969, Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run here, and in 1998 John Elway 'helicoptered' his way to his first Super Bowl Championship, in what was at one time considered to be the best Super Bowl ever played. Qualcomm has also been a venue for other notable non-sporting events including an array of different concerts in the 90s including U2, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Eagles.
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Notes: Because parking can be expensive, riding the bus or trolley is recommended. There is a trolley stop at the stadium. Taxi stands are located outside Gates A, B, E, F, H, and J and on San Diego Mission Rd.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $10-$15
Notes: Parking is VERY pricey here. Consider taking alternate transportation.
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