New to the Q?
Qualcomm Stadium is home to the San Diego Chargers, San Diego State University Aztecs, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Q also hosts numerous special events such as Monster Jam, Supercross, international soccer matches and concerts. This page will give you insider information to make your trip to Qualcomm Stadium enjoyable.
Parking and Traffic
Qualcomm Stadium has the largest parking lot in the National Football League (nearly 19,000 spaces). Unfortunately, access onto the site is limited to local roads such as Friars Road. There are no access ramps to or from freeways. Therefore, we encourage you to arrive at the Stadium at least three hours prior to the start of a sold out event. That may seem like an excessive amount of time, but the lots are usually full about two hours before the kickoff of a Chargers game. Our most frequent complaint from first time visitors is that they missed the start of an event because the parking lot was full.
If you can't make it to the Stadium early, we encourage you to use the Trolley which has a fully accessible stop just a few steps from the Stadium entrance gates.
We also have offsite parking for most sold out events. Offsite parking, map and directions (PDF).
Finally, traffic on Interstate 15 North and South is often very congested prior to an event. Alternative access roads, maps and directions.
Policies and Procedures
Attending an event at the Q should be fun for everyone. Here are a few things that you need to know before you get here:
- Alcohol Policy: Alcohol sales begin from the time the gates open and continue until the end of the third quarter for football games (some exceptions apply). An individual must be 21 years of age to buy alcoholic beverages and proof of age is required for everyone. There is a two-drink limit per order (some exceptions apply). Alcohol may not be brought into the stadium or taken out of the stadium.
- Tailgating: Tailgating is allowed ONLY in your own parking space. Persons who interfere or block other parking spaces may be cited by SDPD. Caterers and parties furnishing a keg of any type require either a Catering permit or Keg permit and proof of liability insurance. Please contact Stadium Management at (619)641-3100. For onsite Catering please contact Kimberly Kozar with Centerplate Catering at (619)641-6004. To reserve a large tailgating space during Charger or SDSU games, contact (619)285-9392 or please email ryan_ email@example.com
- Search: All items and persons are subject to inspection upon entering the venue. Persons with prohibited items may be denied entry to the facility. To provide additional safety and security in the venue, guests will be asked to submit to a voluntary pat down procedure. Failure to submit to these inspection procedures will result in being denied entry to the venue.
- Smoking: Qualcomm Stadium is a completely smoke free environment. Violators may be ejected or cited by the San Diego Police Department.
View a full list of Stadium policies and procedures (PDF). You can also learn more by checking out our FAQs.
If you have questions while you are at the Stadium, please visit the customer service station on the Plaza Level at Gate F.