SkyShow to celebrate 50 years of Qualcomm Stadium

Posted at 5:20 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 09:34:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego State Aztecs football team's motto this year is "One city. One team."

On Saturday, KGB's SkyShow celebrates all of the teams and entertainers that ever performed on the field at San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium -- and that includes the recently departed Chargers.

"Well, that scared us. We didn't know what to do with that," said Blaire Schultze, the show's longtime writer, producer and director.

Schultze added if people boo it's because they're booing the fact that they loved the team and it is gone, not the SkyShow.

The stadium is about so much more, and that'll be very apparent during the nearly 30-minute fireworks show, synced to music and video, honoring all who performed on its field -- the Padres, Chargers, Aztecs, and musicians such as U2, Pink Floyd, The Who and The Eagles.

The SkyShow itself is part of the stadium's tradition. It drew more than 46,000 people last year. There are still thousands of sideline upper-level tickets available for this year's show – prime for fireworks viewing - most going for $24.

Rose Williams just bought upper-level tickets for her family, and she said, "It's fun to bring the kids out, tailgate a little bit. We have a soccer tournament, so after soccer, we're going to come out here."

Schultze said he expects a bigger crowd this year with the stadium's days appearing numbered.

"We don't know what's going to happen with Qualcomm Stadium, but that's all the more reason to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year," he said.

The Aztecs kickoff against UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with the SkyShow starting minutes after the game ends.

Fans who don't buy tickets can watch the fireworks and listen to a simulcast of the music on KGB 101.5 FM.