The vision of Jack Murphy was to bring professional baseball and football to San Diego. The original stadium in Mission Valley was named Jack Murphy Stadium in his honor. The 1984 World Series was held in the stadium, as well as the 1998 Super Bowl, many Holiday Bowls, several memorable music concerts, plus other national and international events throughout the years.
An expansion to accommodate the larger sporting events increased the capacity to about 65,000 seats. Qualcomm Stadium remained a popular sporting venue for more than a decade. Even when Petco Park opened as a smaller baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres, the San Diego Chargers professional football team continued to play there.
After the departure of the Chargers, San Diego State University’s Aztec football games and some international soccer tournaments were held at SDCCU (San Diego County Credit Union) Stadium. Then the City of San Diego voted to transfer the land to SDSU and the demolition began around the summer of 2020. By Spring 2021 the award-winning architecture had been completely razed, and now a newer, smaller, stadium is rising from the riverside site; the site that used to include 20,000 parking spaces and a trolley connection for spectators arriving without their own vehicles. This historical preservation onion will make you cry.