San Diego State University (SDSU) in California has announced plans to construct a new American football stadium that could potentially serve as the future home of an NFL franchise.

The venue would have an initial capacity of 35,000, but with the possibility to expand into a 55,000-seat facility should San Diego again become the home of an NFL team. The Chargers last year left the city to relocate to Los Angeles.

SDSU will work with Populous and JMI Sports on the project, which it said would go ahead regardless of whether an NFL team opts to move to San Diego.

John David Wicker, athletic director at SDSU, said the new stadium would feature a perforated aluminium panel exterior, influenced by boats in San Diego harbour.

Inside the venue, plans are in place to include over 82 suites, five different club sections, 50 loge boxes with lounge access, two end zone party decks and six exterior balconies.

In November, SDSU unveiled initial plans for a new venue to house its collegiate American football team. The 35,000-seat multi-use stadium would also be used to stage football matches as well as other sporting and community events.

In addition, the site would feature approximately 90,000sq ft of retail space near the stadium for game day activities, as well as to serve residents, staff, students and visitors on non-game days.

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