Gensler to design new US$250m San Diego State University stadium

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San Diego State University has unveiled the plans for a proposed new 35,000 capacity multi-use stadium for its collegiate football and soccer programs, which has a slated completion date of 2022.

Global design firm Gensler has been selected as the architect for SDSU’s Mission Valley Stadium, which is currently in the process of approval, and will work with Clark Construction if given the green light.

The new multi-use stadium located on the university campus will be expandable to 35,000 seats and cost an estimated US$250m.

Gensler, which has previously worked on the likes of Los Angeles FC’s (LAFC) Banc of California Stadium, the new home of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center in San Francisco, as well as modernizations of several NFL stadia, will bring its expertise in world class venues to this project.

“We are excited to be working alongside San Diego State University and Clark Construction to bring a unique game-day experience to the university community,” said Steve Chung, design director, Gensler. “The venue will reflect the dynamic spirit of San Diego while offering flexibility for a variety of events beyond football.”

As proposed, the new multi-use stadium will support collegiate football, professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championships, concerts and other events. According to the current timeline, if approved, construction is to begin in early 2020 with a completion date in time for the start of the 2022 NCAA football season.

The design and planning for the proposed new stadium is taking place concurrent with the university’s negotiations with the City of San Diego to purchase the land, and the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the complete SDSU Mission Valley development. The university anticipates the draft EIR will be out for public review this summer and the California State University Board of Trustees is expected to consider its approval at its first meeting in 2020.

“I am pleased with the selection of Gensler as our architect partner on SDSU’s new multi-use stadium,” said JD Wicker, SDSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

“We had a very competitive process and appreciate the experienced professionals and new ideas that Gensler brings to the table. We have challenged Gensler to design a unique stadium that will meet the needs of the entire San Diego community and look forward to working with our entire team over the next couple of years to deliver a great stadium.”

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