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San Diego State University has hired Populous to create a conceptual plan for a new SDSU football stadium. However there are several current roadblocks, such as beating out the SoccerCity Initiative in the ballots in either June or November 2018:
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SDSU outlines plan for Mission Valley stadium site

Will include 35,000 seat stadium for SDSU football, professional soccer, and can be expanded to accommodate the return of an NFL team.

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And will also serve as a good place for Jesus to land at the Second Coming if St. James can leverage his influence. :lol:

I thought MLS wanted soccer only stadiums? And when is a team coming back to SD, in 15-20 years at earliest? Finally, why are we spending ANY state monies on new facilities for first class athletic programs at half-ass universities? How about improving academics a bit?
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Where is MLS mentioned? This is competing against SoccerCity bid. No chance MLS is played here if this goes through.

And yes mls wants soccer only, which is why the latest entrant plays at MBS.
An SDSU spokesperson says the university has had discussions with numerous professional sports organizations about the possibility of using a new facility along with Aztecs sports programs. The spokesperson did not specify which organizations have been contacted or who initiated the conversations.

The most likely candidates are Major League Soccer, the Alliance of American Football, and perhaps Major League Rugby. Two of those are already in San Diego. The other one is an interesting situation.

In November a campaign run by Friends of SDSU was able to defeat a competing Soccer City proposal at the ballot box, giving the school the chance to redevelop the land where SDCCU Stadium currently sits. One of the main selling points of that proposal was replacing the aging facility with a newer, smaller stadium (around 35,000 seats compared to nearly 70,000) for the Aztecs football program.
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San Diego State University has begun taking steps to complete a wide-reaching Environmental Impact Review of its plan to build a Mission Valley campus where a stadium and parking lot now sit.

“We are really excited about this opportunity,” said SDSU Director of Planning Laura Shinn.

Shinn welcomed a few dozen people to one of several public meetings this month. The school is getting input on the early work of SDSU’s plans for Mission Valley.

The project is an extensive makeover.

The school hopes to negotiate a deal to buy about 132 acres of the property from the city of San Diego.

Once the sale goes through, SDSU would tear down the existing stadium and build a new one with enough room to seat 35,000 fans.
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Hey, glad to see that public money is being spent for developing professional athletes. There are way too many competent teachers, scientists, computer programmers, administrators, financial people and such already in SD.
A local news organization is suing San Diego State University, claiming that the school has refused to disclose records involving its plans to redevelop SDCCU Stadium, with particular focus on whether the project will necessitate raising student tuition and/or fees.

According to the suit filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, Voice of San Diego has unsuccessfully sought records for four months regarding plans to convert the stadium into SDSU West, a 35,000-seat stadium site also featuring a river park, classrooms, hotels, retail stores, and 90 acres of open space.

Promoters have publicly maintained that the project — which was approved last November by about 54 percent of voters — would not require raising student tuition or fees.

Voice of San Diego claims stadium backers have repeatedly refused to release any documents detailing the “expense, time and resources required to secure and develop the Mission Valley stadium site.”

Representatives of SDSU could not immediately be reached for comment.
Some good questions. SDS better have some pretty good numbers or I would suggest taking the money out of their "executive salaries" budget.

The California state schools at every level are underperforming and in constant need of funds, and the administration figures it's time to upgrade the football program? Using state monies, not even their own?

I mean just this month, high-speed rail got axed and the LA teachers went on strike (as well as other smaller districts recently). I can just imagine the LA Sup. saying, hey, let's not fight! Let's build a better football program!
Clark Construction Group Selected as Design-Build Contractor for New SDSU Mission Valley Stadium

Clark Construction Group, the same company behind the design and construction of several successful sports facilities including Petco Park and the Rose Bowl renovation, has been selected to design and build the new multi-use stadium in Mission Valley.

The firm will design and build the expandable 35,000-capacity stadium to support collegiate football, professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts and other events.
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Final design starts next week.
New Renderings(!): June
Sale of Land: January 2019
Shovel in ground: 1st quarter 2019
Stadium completed: Football Season 2022

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Field dimensions make me think they're looking beyond college football.
Field dimensions make me think they're looking beyond college football.
That has been the plan from the start to include the possibility of a MLS team playing there.
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