Mission (Valley) Accomplished
By Jeff Ristine | Photograph by Nicolas Hoffman
January 22, 2021
Once a concept, now a construction site.
SDSU Mission Valley, the university’s boldest expansion since moving to its present day campus in 1931, is well underway. First order of business was excavation and preparation of the foundation for a new 35,000-capacity stadium in the northwest quadrant of the former SDCCU Stadium parking lot.
By mid-December the bowl itself was taking shape, on track to be ready for the Aztecs’ 2022 home opener. A river park, an innovation district, housing, a hotel and retail shops will follow over more than a decade of development, made possible by a 2018 public vote, approval from California State University and months of negotiations over the purchase from the City of San Diego.
In an August ceremonial groundbreaking, SDSU President Adela de la Torre was thinking big. “We begin the work to expand SDSU’s educational, research and entrepreneurial missions,” she said. “It will become the signature project that defines the future not only for SDSU, but for higher education in California.”