Former home of Chargers being demolished in San Diego

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The former home of the Chargers and host to three Super Bowls is being torn down.

Via Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press, San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, formerly Qualcomm Stadium, formerly Jack Murphy Stadium, is being demolished in San Diego after officially being closed in March.

The stadium opened in August 1967 and served as home for the Chargers for the entirety of their time in the city before moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. The team moved after a ballot measure to build a new stadium in San Diego failed in 2016.

“We knew that when we had to get it done to win at the end of the game, we could reach down deep and then feel the energy of the stadium just carry us down the field at times. It was really, really fun. Plus the weather was always good. I was very fortunate,” former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts said.

A new 35,000-seat stadium will be built on the site to serve as home for San Diego State University football moving forward after the school purchased a large chunk of the land in 2018. It is set to open in 2022.

“The Murph” served as the host to three Super Bowls: XXII (Washington-Denver, 1988), XXXII (Green Bay-Denver, 1998) and XXXVII (Tampa Bay-Oakland, 2003). Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl in the first title game at the site with their 42-10 win over the Broncos. John Elway won his first Super Bowl in 1998 with Denver.

It was also the site of the Raiders “Holy Roller” victory over the Chargers in 1978. That play led to the rule change that no longer allowed for a fumble to be advanced by anyone except the fumbling player inside the final two minutes after Dave Casper’s touchdown on an extended fumble gave the Raiders a victory.

The stadium also hosted the Padres from 1969-2003, San Diego State University football (1967-2019) and the Holiday Bowl (1978-2019). Iowa’s 49-24 victory over USC last December was the final game to take place in the stadium.

16 responses to “Former home of Chargers being demolished in San Diego

  1. The first, and likely to remain the only, stadium to ever host the Super Bowl (John Elway’s first) and the World Series (Padres vs Yankees) in the same year.

    The planned Aztec Stadium on the site looks like a great college venue, kind of a miniature Raymond James design.

  2. Gonna miss the Murph! It was a concrete mess that was falling apart but still managed to have more charm and character than half the new stadiums in the league now.

  3. When I lived in Phoenix, part of my territory was southern California. When I traveled there I would always try to see the Padres play. Not that I am a fan of theirs, but loved being outside in probably the finest weather in the country. Nostalgically sad to see the Murph torn down.

  4. I sat in that stadium for a couple games with the Bill back in ’79 and 80 something. The weather was beautiful. Very nice stadium. The fans were very friendly. Just an all around great football experience!

  5. Let’s not forget the awesome KGB Chicken and Duane Thomas stretching forlornly in the end zone!

  6. The ghosts of Don Caryell, Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Chuck Muncie, John Jefferson, Wes Chandler, Louie Kelcher and yes Rolf Benirschke weep.

  7. Was very fortunate to see Raiders v Tampa Bay Super Bowl there in 2002.
    What a beautiful venue to watch a game from.
    Courgeous weather, outdoors.
    They should have rebuilt on the same spot.

  8. SD loses it’s big-time stamp with the new 35,000 seat stadium. NFL will never bring a team here, the power five conferences will never invite SDSU in with a 35k stadium.

  9. It was an awesome place to watch a game but I knew it’s time was coming to an end when I got rained on… When I was in the snack bar line on an enclosed concourse.

  10. Who knew the Chargers moved to SD in 1967 instead of 1961 and never played at Balboa Stadium from 1961-1966 and never won an AFL Championship in 1963 as the SD Chargers, according to this writer.

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