Commentary

Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego

Updated: December 20, 2007, 7:36 PM ET
By Tony Guadagnoli | Special to ESPN SportsTravel

WEEK 16: DENVER AT SAN DIEGO, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET

THE BASICS
• Stadium name: Qualcomm Stadium
• Address: 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
• Capacity: 70,000
• Opened: 1967
• Surface: Grass
• Distance from downtown San Diego: Stadium is located 8 miles northeast of city center
• Web sites: Stadium | Seating chart | Directions
• Parking: Lots open five hours before kickoff. For a map, visit the Web site
• Alternative transportation options: The San Diego Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS) provides convenient access to Qualcomm Stadium via the trolley and bus lines. For more details, click here.

LOCAL COLOR
• Unique stadium features: The stadium is typical of the "cookie cutter" design era, and served as home to the Chargers and Padres from its first year in 1967 until the Padres moved into a new stadium in 2004. The stadium has little color, except most notably for the ring of honor and banners of all 32 NFL teams. Concourses are narrow for the most part.
• W-L records on Monday night:

  Denver: 25-30-1 (Most recent appearance: Defeated Titans 34-20, Nov. 19, 2007)
  San Diego: 15-14 (Most recently: Defeated Oakland 27-0, Sept. 11, 2006)

• Biggest events held at stadium: The stadium has hosted three Super Bowls – XXII in 1988, XXXII in 1998 and XXXVII in 2003. Qualcomm also has been the site of the 1978 and 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Games and the World Series and National League Championship Series in 1984 and 1998. It is the only stadium to host the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year (1998). Rickey Henderson got his 3,000th major-league hit here Oct. 7, 2001, as a Padre. That game also turned out to be the last for Tony Gwynn, eight-time National League batting champion. Since its inception, the stadium also has been the home to the San Diego State Aztecs. Qualcomm has hosted the Holiday Bowl since 1978, and the Poinsettia Bowl since 2005. In addition, the stadium has staged several soccer matches, including FIFA tournaments.
• Stadium tour info: For reservations or more tour information call the Stadium Security Office at 619-641-3150.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: The Murph, as it was once known after sportswriter Jack Murphy, enjoys festive environs, with lots of RVs, flags and decked-out tables. If you don't have your own tailgate setup (or even if you do), the Bud Light Chargers Power Party features live bands, large-screen TVs with NFL Sunday Ticket, great food and beverage selections, games, prizes and more. The Power Party takes place at section F-2 in the parking lot and begins 3 hours before kickoff. Admission is free.

TICKET INFORMATION
• Purchase StubHub! tickets: Web site
For more information, call the Chargers ticket hot line at 619-220-TIXS. Ticket-office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Web site

FOOD & DRINK
• Selected San Diego-area restaurants and sports bars:
Italian
Dussini Mediterranean Bistro
275 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-233-4323 | Web site
Dussini Mediterranean Bistro is an upscale and intimate restaurant with a distinctive menu. It sits in high style on the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory in the city's Gaslamp Quarter.

American
Whiskey Girl
600 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-236-1616 | Web site
Enjoy delicious food while watching your favorite game on one of more than 20 plasma TVs. Or sit back and enjoy the live entertainment from house cover bands. Stick around for well-known DJ Marc Thrasher.

Sports bar
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
2245 Fenton Parkway, No. 108
San Diego, CA 92108
619-640-1072 | Web site
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company is a sports-themed family restaurant with a wide variety of menu items, full-service dining, numerous TVs and some of the best micro-brewed beer around. For you hotel dwellers and Web-savvy sports tourists, the facility also offers delivery and online ordering.

ATTRACTIONS
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-3153 | Web site
Located in Balboa Park, just north of downtown, the zoo features more than 4,000 animals, emphasizing rare and exotic creatures, including giant pandas. Journey into the depths of the Monkey Trails and Forest Tales exhibits, swing by the Children's Zoo and spy the natural habitats.

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-9600 | Web site
Take a tour of the vessel that was commissioned in World War II and served as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. (No other carrier served as long.) Located downtown at Navy Pier, the Midway provides a dynamic and enriching experience, "from boiler to bridge."

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