New San Diego Stadium Video Showcases Iconic Design in Mission Valley
October 27, 2015
San Diego, CA – Narrated by Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Enberg, a new video released today showcases a proposed sports entertainment complex in Mission Valley that evokes San Diego’s lifestyle and culture of innovation.
The City of San Diego hired Kansas City-based Populous earlier this year and the firm had previously released an initial design concept. The design released today has been refined to emphasize all that makes San Diego a unique place.
“With a design that reflects the characteristics people love about San Diego, this new stadium will provide a fan experience unlike any other in the NFL,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “The Chargers belong in San Diego, and this design captures the spirit of the city they have called home for more than 50 years. It embraces San Diego’s beautiful year-round weather, coastal lifestyle and reputation as an innovation leader to create an iconic Southern California venue that can host games, events and Super Bowls for generations to come.”
The design incorporates the following San Diego influences:
- Lifestyle and Weather – San Diego’s outdoor lifestyle and beautiful year-round weather is embraced by enormous end zone party decks that total 70,000 square feet. There are also multiple 360-degree concourses which create informal spaces for fans to gather and watch the game.
- Culture of Innovation – To celebrate San Diego’s culture of innovation, the latest technology will be incorporated throughout the stadium. Color-changing LED lighting will illuminate the expansive, maritime-influenced fabric canopy and video boards in the end zone will be the largest in the National Football League. The design is also flexible and accessible to provide the best possible site for future Super Bowls in the country.
- Neighborhoods – Much like San Diego itself, the stadium will be comprised of distinct seating and communities, ranging from social spaces and outdoor decks with views of the playing field to field level club seats and end zone suites.
- Geographic Influences – The design reflects the geography of San Diego with a moving façade, or wind-powered kinetic skin, that wraps around the stadium to create a fluid, shimmering form that mimics the nearby coastline’s waves. The seating bowl is inspired by the city’s mesas and valleys with fractures in the corners to allow views in and out of the stadium.
According to Populous, “The stadium is about San Diego and the social experience; innovation and intimacy; moments and memories; football and the future. By designing for the city’s strengths, the stadium will transcend generations and bring fans together around a beautiful city and a shared passion for football.”
The City and County of San Diego are working together on the effort. They have developed a fair financial framework and hired nationally-recognized experts to design a new stadium and negotiate with the NFL and the Chargers.
The Mission Valley project is the only path for both approving the financing for a San Diego stadium in 2016 and completing construction this decade. The site is zoned for a stadium, the City owns the property, and its central location and large size provide the tailgating and transit connections that fans love. Gov. Jerry Brown recently certified the Mission Valley stadium project for an expedited environmental review.
Download the full video here.