Qualcomm Stadium -- San Diego

Updated: December 17, 2010, 1:40 PM ET
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HOLIDAY BOWL: NEBRASKA vs. WASHINGTON, DEC. 30, 10 P.M. ET

THE BASICS

• Stadium name: Qualcomm Stadium
• Address: 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
• Home team: San Diego Chargers, San Diego Aztecs
• Capacity: 71,500
• Opened: 1967
• Surface: Grass
• Tickets: Buy tickets
• Passport: Are you going?
• Driving distance from Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.: 355 miles, 6 hours
• Driving distance to Rose Bowl in Pasadena: 130 miles, 2 hours
• Distance from downtown San Diego: Stadium is 8 miles north of downtown.
• Websites: Bowl site | Stadium | Seating chart | Directions | Parking | Twitter
• TV: ESPN
• City Guide: San Diego

BOWL EVENT

• Big Bay Balloon Parade, Dec. 30, 10 a.m. local time, downtown San Diego (starting at the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive)
Billed as "America's Largest Balloon Parade," festivities will begin with the finals of the 14th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and a 5K run.

FOOD & DRINK

Tapas
Dussini Loft Bar
275 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-233-4323 | website
Dussini Loft Bar provides a relaxing and intimate atmosphere with a distinctive appetizer menu. Featuring a large fireplace and billiards, 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 | website
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
San Diego, CA 92108
619-640-1072 | website
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company is a sports-themed family restaurant with a wide variety of menu items, full-service dining, numerous TVs and microbrewed beer. For you hotel dwellers and Web-savvy sports tourists, the facility also offers delivery and online ordering. There are several other locations throughout the San Diego area, as well.

ATTRACTIONS

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-3153 | website
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. Special events will be held during the holidays.

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-9600 | website
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,'" according to the museum's website. Flight simulators and interactive exhibits are part of the experience.

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