SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- For quite some time, it looked as if it would never happen, but now it's a great to be an Aztec, as ground has finally been broken on the SDSU West Mission Valley Project. And what an exciting times it is, as the centerpiece of the plans includes a brand new stadium.
"It will become the signature project that defines the future. Not only for SDSU, but for higher education in California," says San Diego State President Adela de la Torre.
The project will include an innovative educations district, 86 acres of land used for a park and recreation, affordable housing, a hotel, and of course, a 35 thousand seat stadium
"I can't wait to see the team run on to Basher field and enjoy the cheers of 35 thousand fans,"says de la Torre.
Equally excited is Aztecs Director of Athletics JD Wicker.
"We are building a stadium for Aztecs football, international and professional soccer, concerts, and any other event you can think of. You name it, we'll host it."
And who knows, maybe someday San Diego will see the return of the NFL.
Jack McGrory, a member of the SDSU Board of Trustees, says the new stadium will be built with the NFL in mind. "That's really their minimum specification for the NFL, 55 thousand seats. We can do that down there."
The SDSU West Project wasn't easy, as many challenges were dealt with along the way. But as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer describes it, it's time to write the next chapter for Mission Valley.
"SanDiegans should take great satisfaction in knowing that the future of this land is finally set. As a place where education, athletics, and the community will thrive side by side."
The stadium is set to be open and ready for Aztecs football in 2022.