Qualcomm Stadium has served San Diego well

On Aug. 20, it will be 50 years since the stadium in Mission Valley opened with the Chargers playing the Detroit Lions. In its heyday (1980-2000), the stadium was the busiest stadium facility in the country. The Padres, Chargers, Aztecs, Holiday Bowl, high school football, vehicle racing, concerts, soccer, conventions, numerous parking lot events, etc., were conducted. The stadium hosted three Super Bowls, two All-Star games and two World Series. In 2001, thousands came to the parking lot to be a part of the largest human flag after the Sept. 11 attacks. In 2003, the stadium became an evacuation and support center for people impacted by the Cedar fires. These events helped put San Diego on the

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