Qualcomm Stadium is the longstanding stadium in San Diego, California that has been home to the San Diego Chargers since 1967. The stadium also hosts many other sporting events during the year, both amateur and professional, as well as concerts, conventions, and revivals. Here is a look at 15 fun facts about San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
#1 – Qualcomm Stadium opened on August 20th, 1967.
#2 – The official stadium address is 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, California.
#3 – Before acquiring the name Qualcomm Stadium in 1997, the facility had been known as Jack Murphy Stadium since 1980 and as San Diego Stadium for the 13 years before that.
#4 – Qualcomm Stadium was home to the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball from 1969 through the 2003 season. The San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League also played there, just for one season though in 1968.
#5 – Two college football bowl games are played yearly in the stadium. The Holiday Bowl began in 1978 and the Poinesttia Bowl in 2005.
#6 – The stadium was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium in 1980 after Murphy, a prominent sports writer and early supporter of a stadium being built in the city, passed away.
#7 – On a few occasions, for example in 2003 and then again in 2007, Qualcomm Stadium has been used as an evacuation center for those displaced by wildfires.
#8 – On October 7th, 2001, baseball star Rickey Henderson recorded his 3,000th hit in Qualcomm Stadium while playing for the Padres.
#9 – Two professional soccer teams have called the stadium home, the San Diego Jaws in 1976 and the San Diego Sockers from 1978 to 1984.
#10 – Two Major League Baseball All-Star Games have been played in the stadium, the first in 1978 and the second in 1992.
#11 – The stadium was the site of an infamous moment in national anthem history in 1990 when comedian Roseanne Barr sang the song and followed it up by mocking the common baseball player antics of scratching and spitting.
#12 – In July of 2007, Qualcomm Stadium was home to season 7 auditions for the reality program American Idol.
#13 – Qualcomm Stadium has hosted three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, and Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
#14 – In 1998, Qualcomm Stadium hosted the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.
#15 – Since 1967, the Chargers have played every home game in the stadium except one. In 2003, wildfires had forced the city to use the stadium as an evacuation center. The Chargers had a home game scheduled for this time against the Miami Dolphins and the game was relocated to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Dolphins would win that game.