Qualcomm Stadium


First and Figures

Status: Home of San Diego Chargers

Address: 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA

Capacity:  50,000 (opening day); 64,544 (final)

Cost to construct: $27.5 Million

Architect: Gary Allen

Owner: Jack Murphy

Former Naming:  San Diego Stadium; Jack Murphy Stadium


The Field

Playing Surface: Grass

Defining Feature: Only field were a caught foul ball in bullpen area could not be seen by umpires.

Dimensions (ft) Initial distance in parenthesis

Left Field: 327 (330)

Left Center: 370 (375)

Center Field:  405 (420)

Right Center: 370 (375)

Right Field: 327 (330)


Opening Day and Firsts

Opening Date:  April 8, 1969

Opponent: Houston Astros

Results:  Padres 2 Astros 1

Attendance:  23,370

First Hit: Jesus Alou (single)

Winning Pitcher: Dick Selma

Losing Pitcher: Don Wilson


Umpires: Shag Crawford, Chris Pelekoudas, Doug Harvey, Frank Dezelan

Managers: Preston Gomez, Padres; Harry Walker, Astros

Starting Pitchers: Dick Selma, Padres; Don Wilson, Astros

Ceremonial Pitch: Carol Shannon, daughter of

Padres owner C.S. Shannon



Hosted Events

World Series:  1984, 1998

All Star Games:  1978, 1992

World Baseball Classic: 



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