San Diego State University (SDSU) has selected Gensler as the architect for its new 35,000-seat, multi-use stadium in Mission Valley.

The global architecture firm will work with Clark Construction, which was recently selected to design and build the expandable venue. The stadium will support collegiate American football, professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts and other events.

Clark Construction and SDSU carried out a joint selection process to choose Gensler. If approved, construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020 ahead of a planned completion date in time for the start of the 2022 NCAA American football season.

J.D. Wicker, SDSU director of intercollegiate athletics, said: “We had a very competitive process and appreciate the experienced professionals and new ideas that Gensler brings to the table. We have challenged Gensler to design a unique stadium that will meet the needs of the entire San Diego community and look forward to working with our entire team over the next couple of years to deliver a great stadium.”

Gensler will work with SDSU to help the university achieve its goal of LEED Silver designation on the new stadium.

Design and planning work for the stadium is taking place alongside the university’s negotiations with the City of San Diego to purchase the land for the project, and the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the complete SDSU Mission Valley development. SDSU Mission Valley will also be the location of a campus expansion, which will include a world-class university research and innovation district.

Gensler has previously delivered Los Angeles FC’s Banc of California Stadium and Chase Center, the new home of NBA basketball team the Golden State Warriors. Other projects include the concessions redesign of Petco Park and the modernisation of several NFL stadia.

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