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Guide to the San Diego Stadium Construction Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Access Terms
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: San Diego Stadium Construction Collection
    Dates: 1965-1968
    Identification: MS-0215
    Creator: San Diego Stadium
    Physical Description: 0.42 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Historical Note:

    In the early 1960s, local sportswriter Jack Murphy, the brother of New York Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy, began working to build support for a stadium for San Diego. Construction began in December 1965, after a $27 million bond was passed in November of that year to fund the project. When completed, the facility was named San Diego Stadium.
    The San Diego Chargers played the first game in the new stadium, which had a capacity of approximately 50,000, on August 20, 1967. The pro-football team was the main tenant of the stadium until 1969, when Major League Baseball's National League expanded to add the San Diego Padres.
    After Jack Murphy's passing in 1980, San Diego Stadium was renamed the San Diego-Jack Murphy Stadium or simply Jack Murphy Stadium. The facility went by that name until 1997, when it was renamed Qualcomm Stadium after the Qualcomm Corporation paid $18 million for naming rights. In order to continue honoring Murphy, the city named the stadium site Jack Murphy Field.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    San Diego Padres (Baseball team : National League of Professional Baseball Clubs)
    San Diego Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)

    Genre/Form of Material:


    Personal Name:

    Murphy, Jack, 1923-

    Topical Term:

    San Diego Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) -- Archives
    San Diego Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Stadium Construction Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    For additional photographs of the completed stadium, see the University Archives Photograph Collection, "Stadium" file.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Materials are grouped together according to which section of the stadium facility they relate to.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of materials relating to the construction of San Diego Stadium, dating from 1965-67.  It includes legal documents, contracts, progress reports, and photographs.