Construction work has started at San Diego State University’s Mission Valley stadium site in California, with a ground-breaking event.
Clark Construction will now start with grading and infrastructure work and building the 35,000-seat multi-use stadium and the River Park. It is expected to be completed in 2o22.
Clark Construction will employ an estimated 3,500 to 5,550 workers through both the stadium and site development.
SDSU athletic director John David Wicker said:
We are building a stadium for Aztec football, international and professional soccer, concerts, and any other event you can think of – a world class 35,000-capacity stadium designed to offer the amenities fans expect today.
This is the most important sports and entertainment venue in San Diego since Petco Park and will be 365 days a year use for campus and our community.
SDSU Mission Valley will create new educational experiences, foster research, advance technology, facilitate internships, and provide new educational opportunities.
The outcome of this expansion will allow the university to gradually increase enrollment by up to 15,000 students.
The stadium is being designed by Populous, a global architecture and design firm that has designed more than 2,000 projects over the last 30 years, including Yankee Stadium.
The stadium is just one facet of a larger campus expansion that will include housing for upper-division and graduate-level students, as well as provide workforce and low-income housing.
The site will also feature approximately 90,000ft2 of retail space, located near the stadium, which would be appropriately scaled to support game day activities, but also serve residents, employees, students and visitors during non-game days.
SDSU Mission Valley is projected to expand the university’s economic impact in the region by $3 billion annually.