Aztec Stadium update: Building staff earning concrete plans

Editor’s note: San Diego Condition aims to develop its new 35,000-seat stadium in time for the soccer team’s year opener in opposition to Arizona — Sept. 3, 2022 — which is now 639 days away. The Union-Tribune is undertaking regular monthly updates monitoring the stadium’s development.

Glamour photographs of San Diego State’s new Aztec Stadium — the area, stands, luxury suites, club seats, locker rooms and the like — continue being artist renderings, with the true point continue to various months from getting fact.

But the SDSU Mission Valley web site is approaching a big milestone this month for the $310 million stadium remaining constructed in the northwest corner of the 135-acre property.

Somewhere around 3,000 cubic yards of concrete — an volume which will demand 300 truck masses — is tentatively scheduled to be poured inside of the next 10 days.

“Getting concrete on the task is constantly a massive deal,” explained Derek Grice, SDSU’s govt associate athletic director for Mission Valley enhancement. “If you place it in conditions of developing a household, you just cannot construct a dwelling with no a foundation.

“Since a residence is only as good as its basis, I think it is a very large milestone. It lays the base for wherever we’re going.”

Development crews put in the previous a few months relocating dust again and forth and stabilizing the floor for the up coming step.

Grice explained 2,017 stone columns, measuring 24” to 36” in diameter and 18’ to 36’ in size, have been pushed from the area into the ground.

“It’s soil stabilization,” Grice claimed. “It aids with settlement to make confident we can take care of the hundreds.”

Do the job on the reduce bowl also has started, backfilled to the concourse amount. The area will sit about 30- to 32- feet under the higher concourse stage.

That will accurate a flaw in the primary stadium design and style, that the area was not lessen in relation to the seating. The result was supporters sitting in the initial nine rows of Area Stage could not see about the soccer players standing on the sidelines.

Grice mentioned “by the conclude of December, you will get started to see the discipline walls arrive into area,” which will frame the industry and deliver a superior notion of just wherever it is in relation to every little thing.

In January and February, Grice reported, “You’ll see the stadia begin to take shape” with vertical design.

Crews will get the job done from north to east to south forming the bowl region.

On the lookout down from north of the task, a tiny region of concrete poured west of the area/bowl spot was notable. It was adjacent to a rectangular location of rebar. All those are areas in which elevators will be heading.

Also apparent now on the jap component of the assets is that function is in development eliminating the parking whole lot asphalt.

That was not at first prepared to materialize so quickly. Individuals ideas improved when it was determined about the summer season that no more functions would be hosted at SDCCU Stadium.

“Anytime we get a opportunity to shift faster, it only aids our finish goal of the opening working day,” Grice stated.

The principal entrance is now closed to the community, so if you want to entry the trolley, you require to obtain a different station.

The Holiday Bowl business office positioned inside of the stadium was packed up and closed 3-4 months ago. Most of the staff members will continue on doing work remotely, as it has throughout the pandemic, right until a new office in the Murphy Canyon region opens April 1.

Abatement continues in and close to the SDCCU Stadium ahead of it is taken down more than the subsequent 6 months.

Some bulldozing, notably of jap ramps beneath the scoreboard, has started within.

“There’s a ton of universal squander inside of the building and a good deal of points that have to be removed before we can commence to do a dismantling,” Grice stated.

As has been mentioned previously — though social media conversation Wednesday created it evident that not anyone has gotten the word — the stadium will not be imploded but taken down in pieces.

“With the California air good quality polices and the distinct parts and environments and neighbors in the neighborhood about us,” Grice stated, “we just thought it was better for us to do the traditional dismantle.”

An elevated perspective on the lookout south into the stadium revealed sections of higher amount seats that have been taken off. Some of them are on the lookout for a very good residence.

SDSU is promoting pairs of seats to individuals followers interested in receiving a piece of memorabilia from the stadium.

Profits to the general public began on Tuesday, with seats priced at $329. There is an added charge ($129.99 to $199.99) to buy brackets that allow for the seats to stand on their possess.

Seats can be acquired by heading on the net to

In addition, an on the web auction is planned Dec. 14-16 that features many products — mostly signage — from the stadium.

Auction merchandise can be seen at