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Stadium History

General History

 Aug. 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 to San Diego six years earlier.

In 1969, the San Diego Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams and began playing homegames at the Stadium.

On June 4, 1972, the first concert was held at the Stadium and featured Latin rock/jazz fusion group Azteca, following a Padres game.

After its first event at Fiesta Island and Chollas Park caused traffic issues and safety concerns, the annual KGB Sky Show was moved to the Stadium in 1977.

In 1978, the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League played at the stadium until 1983.

In 1978, the Stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In 1984, the Stadium was expanded to nearly 61,000 seats and 50 suites were added at cost of $9.1 million. That same year, the Stadium hosted Games 1 and 2 of the World Series between the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers.

In 1988, the Stadium hosted  Super Bowl XXI, with the New York Giants defeating the Denver Broncos.

In 1992, the Stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In 1997, the Stadium was expanded again when 10,500 seats, 34 suites, four 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.

In 1998, the Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXII, with the Denver Broncos defeating the Green Bay Packers. That same year, the Stadium hosted Games 3 and 4 of the World Series between the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees.

In 2003, the Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVII, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeating the Oakland Raiders.

In 2004, the San Diego Padres moved into their new home, Petco Park.

Feb. 1, 2017: Chargers owner Dean Spanos terminated their lease with the City of San Diego and moved the team back to Los Angeles.  The team was renamed once again as the Los Angeles Chargers.

Naming of the Stadium

The original name of the Stadium was San Diego Stadium. When Jack Murphy died on Sept. 24, 1980, then Mayor Pete Wilson and the City Council voted to rename it San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. The voters officially approved the name change later that year.

After the 1997 renovation, the name changed again. Qualcomm, a local telecommunication company, agreed to pay the City $18 million to complete the expansion project. In return, the name changed to Qualcomm Stadium. The naming rights deal expired in 2017.

In September 2017, it was announced that the San Diego County Credit Union won the naming rights bid.  The Stadium has been renamed SDCCU Stadium and will extend through December 2018.  San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution with $8.2 billion in assets and more than 350,000 customers. In January 2019, the City approved extending its naming rights deal with San Diego County Credit Union for the Stadium by two more years. The deal increased the monthly rate paid by the credit union from more than $30,000 a month to more than $60,000 a month, in exchange for additional signage.


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