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On August 20, 1967, the San Diego Chargers played their first game in the newly completed San Diego Stadium. Formerly the Los Angeles Chargers, owner Barron Hilton had been convinced by local sports writer Jack Murphy to move the team from the LA Coliseum to San Diego.
In 1984, the Stadium was expanded to nearly 61,000 seats and 50 suites were added at cost of $9.1 million. In 1997, the Stadium was expanded again when 10,500 seats, 34 suites, 4 Club Lounges, upgraded food service and two video boards were added. The total cost was $78 million, which also included a new practice facility for the Chargers.
The original name of the Stadium was San Diego Stadium when Jack Murphy died on September 24, 1980 then Mayor Pete Wilson and the City Council voted to rename the Stadium San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Some citizens were opposed to naming the Stadium after Jack Murphy and in 1984 the issue was put before the voters. The voters approved leaving the name San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.
Once again in 1997, the name changed. QUALCOMM a local San Diego Telecommunication Company agreed to pay the City $18 million to complete the expansion project. In return the name of the Stadium changed to QUALCOMM Stadium. QUALCOMM has the naming rights until the year 2017.
Upcoming event at Qualcomm Stadium
- Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. to noon
- Join us for the Color in Motion 5K! You and thousands of others will start out in clean white shirts that quickly get covered in color with our Mega Color Blaster at the race’s start. Throughout the course, you will run through four more color stations where more of our color powder gets thrown onto them. New this year, music at each color station will pump you up. Wacky mirrors ... Read more
All upcoming events at Qualcomm Stadium
Color In Motion 5KMarch 18, 2017
ColdplayOctober 8, 2017