Sept. 1 is last day to submit naming rights bids for Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Companies or other entities have until Friday afternoon to submit naming rights bids for Qualcomm Stadium.

The deadline to enter bids is Sept. 1 at 4 p.m., according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the newspaper also reported Qualcomm will not be submitting a bid to keep its name on the stadium.

In early August, the San Diego Business Journal reported:

"Under an arrangement with Fox Sports College Properties, which oversees marketing for athletics at San Diego State University, the city has issued a request for proposals to entities seeking naming rights. The catch is that the winner could be paying big bucks for rights that will last only until Dec. 31, 2018.

That date marks the end of SDSU’s current contract to play at the stadium. The city plans to close the venue by 2019, and it will eventually be demolished and replaced by a future mixed-use project with elements -- possibly including a new sports stadium -- still to be determined.

The nine-page request for proposals was issued Aug. 1, and submissions will be accepted through Sept. 1. Officials have said they would like to have the name finalized in time for the SDSU Aztecs’ Sept. 16 game against Stanford University."

The stadium first known as San Diego Stadium opened in August 1967. It was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium -- after the late local sportswriter Jack Murphy -- in 1980.

In 1997, following a renovation, local telecom firm Qualcomm paid the city of San Diego $18 million to help complete the project. In exchange, the stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium.

The naming rights deal expired in June 2017.

History of the stadium in Mission Valley (from the city of San Diego):

  • August 20, 1967: The San Diego Chargers played their first game in the newly completed San Diego Stadium. Formerly the Los Angeles Chargers, owner Barron Hilton had been convinced by local sports writer Jack Murphy to move the team from the LA Coliseum to San Diego.
  • In 1984, the Stadium was expanded to nearly 61,000 seats and 50 suites were added at cost of $9.1 million.
  • In 1997, the Stadium was expanded again when 10,500 seats, 34 suites, four Club Lounges, upgraded food service and two video boards were added. The total cost was $78 million, which also included a new practice facility for the Chargers.
  • February 1, 2017: Chargers owner Dean Spanos terminated their lease with the City of San Diego and moved the team back to Los Angeles. The team was renamed once again as the Los Angeles Chargers.
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