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SDSU football has played at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967. SDSU football has played at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967.

City Council Approves SDSU Qualcomm Stadium Lease

The new 10-year agreement is a win-win for the city and the university.

A new 10-season Qualcomm Stadium lease agreement between San Diego State University and the City of San Diego was approved by the San Diego City Council today.

The agreement ensures complete game-day cost recovery as well as guaranteed profit by the city from SDSU’s use of the stadium for football games. The council approved the lease 7-0.

“This agreement is a win-win situation that will help ensure full game day cost recovery for the City while maintaining a continued home for the Aztecs and major college football in San Diego,” said SDSU Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel.

Contract details

Under the agreement, SDSU will reimburse the city for direct game-day operating costs, including:

  • Pre-cleaning of the venue
  • Post-game trash and recycling removal
  • Portable toilets
  • City staff directly supporting the stadium on game day
SDSU will also reimburse the city for 100 percent of its costs for providing law enforcement and fire safety personnel.  Under the previous agreement, SDSU reimbursed the city for its cost of providing law enforcement inside the stadium and not in the parking lots.

Additionally, the city will receive $1 for every ticket sold to Aztec games, with certain exceptions such as student tickets.

SDSU hosts an average of 24,000 people per game, with its largest consistent draw of 50,000 fans for the annual Sky Show game. This year's Sky Show game takes place Sept. 12, the home opener against Southern Utah and the first home game of new head coach Brady Hoke’s tenure at SDSU.

SDSU's stadium history

SDSU has been playing football at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967, when it was known as San Diego Stadium and the team’s head coach was the legendary Don Coryell.

SDSU will play games at Qualcomm Stadium this season against New Mexico State, BYU, New Mexico, TCU and Wyoming. Fans can visit for ticket information.