Clark Construction Group joined San Diego State University (SDSU) leaders, city officials, and distinguished guests to cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium.
Designed as a hub for sports and entertainment, the new 35,000-capacity venue provides a home field for SDSU Aztec Football, as well as for professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts, and other cultural events.
As the design-builder in charge of design and construction efforts on the multi-purpose venue, Clark Construction led a high-performing team of more than 250 firms, including engineers, and trade contractors. Gensler Sports was the lead designer.
The stadium's signature design elements, including concourse level "neighborhoods," and standing-room-only "piers" that jut out over stadium seating to conjure a coastal vibe are designed to reflect the city's diverse communities and combine to create a venue that is authentically San Diego.
The stadium is a part of the first phase of development at SDSU Mission Valley, a mixed-use, medium-density, transit-oriented development that will expand the university's educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology programs. An Innovation District is projected to provide educational opportunities for up to 15,000 additional students and, once complete, SDSU Mission Valley will also include retail, housing, and the development of community parks and open space. It is expected to bolster the university's local economic impact by an estimated $3 billion per year.
Snapdragon Stadium's construction has served as a boon to the San Diego economy. Local firms were awarded $250 million in construction contracts on the project. Throughout construction, Clark also helped lead training programs to ensure a local and diverse workforce had the opportunity to work on the project. In aggregate, a combined 4,000 workers logged 1.2 million hours to successfully deliver Snapdragon Stadium.
"This project is a testament that construction is a team sport, With everyone working toward the goal of winning together, we were able to deliver a high-quality venue on time, on budget for SDSU and the greater San Diego community."
-Albert Valdivia, Clark's vice president in charge of construction operations for the project.
San Diego's newest landmark is a product of a two-year intensive construction effort. To make way for the new venue, Clark demolished Qualcomm Stadium, the former home of the San Diego Chargers. Crews erected the structure using a combination of cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, and steel. To shape the stadium, crews raised the site nearly 30 feet and erected 2,500 steel beams.
"We appreciate all the hard work to get Snapdragon Stadium complete in time for our first game against Arizona, We are looking forward to fans coming to a stadium that they can be proud of – a stadium that is authentic to San Diego. We feel we've created an unmatched experience in collegiate athletics, and in all events that come to the stadium."
-J.D. Wicker, director of intercollegiate athletics at SDSU.
Snapdragon Stadium will make its official debut during the Aztec Football season opener against the University of Arizona Wildcats on September 3. Famed musicians Jimmy Buffett and Jason Mraz will perform the first concert at the arena on October 22. More information about Snapdragon Stadium is available online: https://snapdragonstadium.com/
About Clark Construction Group:
For more than a century, Clark Construction Group has been transforming the ideas and visions of its clients into world-class projects that make the United States a stronger, safer place. As one of the nation's largest asset creators, Clark has offices strategically located across the country to serve the needs of its clients.