San Diego State chooses Clark to deliver new stadium

San Diego State University (SDSU) has selected Clark Construction Group to design and build its new multi-use stadium in Mission Valley.

The firm will deliver an expandable 35,000-capacity stadium to support collegiate American football, professional and collegiate soccer, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship games, concerts and other events.

In keeping with the current timeline, construction is slated to begin in early 2020 with a completion date in time for the start of the 2022 NCAA football season. The value of the contract is approximately $250m (£188.3m/€219.2m), which includes the direct cost of construction. Clark Construction and SDSU will now go through a joint selection process for the stadium architect.

The award of the contract comes after San Diego citizens in November voted in favour of the new SDSU stadium ahead of a separate proposal to build a Major League Soccer facility in the Californian city.

The new San Diego State stadium will be built on land currently occupied by SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium), which served as the home of NFL American football team the Chargers. The Chargers have now moved to Los Angeles and are due to share the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park with the Rams when it opens in 2020. The San Diego State Aztecs has played at SDCCU Stadium, which has a capacity of 70,000, since 1967.

“Clark Construction has significant expertise building large, multi-use stadiums and is a great fit to build San Diego State University’s new multi-use stadium and the future home of Aztec Football,” said JD Wicker, SDSU director of athletics. “I am confident in their ability to deliver a stadium that meet the needs of the university and the San Diego region.”

Clark Construction has been responsible for the design and construction of several Southern California sports facilities including Petco Park and the Rose Bowl renovation. Clark will proceed with the design and planning for the new stadium, concurrent with the university’s negotiations with the City of San Diego to purchase the land, and the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the complete SDSU Mission Valley development.

SDSU recently completed the scoping period for the draft EIR and will now begin working on the document. It is anticipated that 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 their first meeting in 2020.

Carlos Gonzalez, senior vice-president and regional executive officer for Clark Construction Group, said: “The full resources of our national organisation, combined with our local expertise and relationships will be at the service of the university to achieve the project’s vision. We recognise the opportunity this project creates for SDSU’s Mission Valley campus and for the greater San Diego community.”

In addition to the new stadium, SDSU Mission Valley will be the location of a campus expansion, which will include a world-class university research and innovation district, a community river park and housing.

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