P.O. Box 2000
San Diego, CA 92112
ticket information call: (619) 881-6500 or (888)
Who Plays Here: San
Diego Padres (NL); San Diego Chargers (NFL)
First Opened: August 20, 1967
First Padres game: April 8, 1969
Playing Surface: Santa Ana Bermuda
Capacity: 50,000 (1967); 44,790 (1973); 47,634 (1974); 47,491
(1976); 48,460 (1977); 51,362 (1979); 48,443 (1980); 51,362 (1981); 51,319
(1983); 58,671 (1984); 58,433 (1986); 59,022 (1990); 59,254 (1991); 59,700
(1992); 67,544 (1997, baseball).
Architect: Frank L. Hope and
Owner: City of San Diego.
Cost: 27.75 million (1967).
Lease: Padres lease expires after the 1999 season.
The San Diego Padres were
born in 1969, and ever since they have been housed at Qualcomm. Of
course, back then it was known as San Diego Stadium. The stadium was
renamed in 1981 to honor the late San Diego Union sports writer Jack
Murphy, who initiated the metamorphosis of San Diego from a navy outpost
to a world sports center by first convincing hotel magnate Barron Hilton
to move his Chargers Football Team from their home at the Los Angeles
Coliseum to San Diego.
Murphy then led the charge
to construct a world-class stadium in San Diego. In 1965, a
referendum to raise $27.75 million to build the stadium was supported by
72 percent of the voters in San Diego. The local architect selected
to design the stadium, Frank L. Hope and Associates, had never designed a
stadium before. Yet in 1969 San Diego Stadium became the only
stadium to win the First Honor Award from the American Institute of
Architects. The Hope firm also received a commendation award from
Governor Ronald Reagan.
This is a premier multi-purpose facility,
hosting a variety of concerts, soccer matches,
and annual C.I.F. high school football championship. It also serves as home of the San Diego Chargers.
In 1984, the Stadium was expanded to a capacity of nearly 61,000 and it
also added 50 luxury suites. In 1997, the Stadium was renamed from San
Diego Jack Murphy Stadium to Qualcomm Stadium after Qualcomm, a local San
Diego Telecommunications Company, agreed to pay the City $18 million to
complete a major expansion. Qualcomm has the naming rights until the year
2017. The 1997 expansion include the following: 10,500 seats were added
bringing the total seating capacity to 71,500; 34 suites added for a total
of 113; Club Level seating added with 4 lounges; upgraded food service;
two new video screens and a practice facility for the Chargers. The
Stadium is home to the San Diego Chargers of the NFL, the San Diego Padres
of National League Baseball, and college football’s San Diego State
University Aztecs. The Holiday Bowl, one of college football’s premier
postseason bowl games, also takes place at the stadium each year.
The Padres will be
leaving the Q in 2002, when they are scheduled to move into their new
stadium which was approved on November 4, 1998. The Q now seats 66,307 for
baseball, and has drawn the single largest crowd in all of Major League
Baseball in each of the last four seasons, including a record crowd of
65,427 for Game 4 of the World Series against New York.
The prototype for
multi-purpose facilities, this is not really a ballpark. The massive
amount of foul territory behind the plate puts pop ups in play, and
creates more than a few uninteresting outs that would go into the stands
in almost any other park. The park suppressed runs more effectively
than any other ballpark in the majors from 1998 to 2001 - that's a little
surprising, because the warm desert air should help the ball carry and the
dimensions aren't huge. In fact, with 370-foot alleys and a 405-foot shot
to center, they are about average.
So what gives? Well,
apparently the ball doesn't carry well here; a few years ago, the Q wasn't
a terribly difficult park to homer out of, but the last three or four years have
been brutal. In addition, the park has always been tough on run
production - if the ball stays in the park, it is more likely to get
turned into an out than any other ballpark. Perhaps it is a
result of the park's poor visibility - hitters have trouble seeing the
ball cleanly - or subpar lighting.
Also, much to a batter's
chagrin, the foul territory is huge - behind the plate and around the
infield, no ballpark in the majors can match it. Down the foul
lines, the amount of foul area is much lower; in fact, at some points the
stands jut out towards fair territory, obstructing the outfielders from
making clean runs at the ball.
The fast infield plays almost as quick
as artificial turf - without reducing the number of bad hops. It's
amazing that more errors aren't committed in the infield. The
outfield is fairly easy to play, with
modest dimensions and good grass. Left field at the Q is very
difficult because of the sun, which during day games interferes with the
left fielder's sightlines. At night, the low light standards' glare
interferes with all but the most towering fly balls. The bullpens
are in play, partially hidden from the home plate by a section of the
stands that juts out into foul territory.
2001 STATS, Inc.
benefits: Pitchers, almost without exception but especially those who
induce flyballs. The ballpark also favors right-handed hitters,
because in 1996 a 17.5-foot wall was erected in right.
pitchers gain an edge due to the park's poor visibility. Bobby
Jones had a 4.20 ERA at home and 6.11 ERA on the road; Kevin Jarvis had a
home ERA more than a run better than his road ERA. The two non-power
ptichers in the Padres rotation - Brian Tollberg and Brian Lawrence - did
better on the road; Lawrence was 5-1 on the road, with a 2.78 ERA, but 0-4
at home with a 4.07 ERA, while Tollberg posted roughly even home-road
gets hurt: Hitters, basically. Left-handed power hitters seem to have more trouble than
righties in reaching the fences. Ryan Klesko, for instance hit .242
at home and .326 on the road, though he split his 30 HR evenly between
home and road games. Phil Nevin and Mark Kotsay were the only
regulars who didn't post significantly negative home-road splits: Klesko,
Rickey Henderson, Ray Lankford, D'Angelo Jimenez, Mike Darr, Ben Davis and
Wiki Gonzalez all hit worse at home than on the road.
San Diego, CA. The left
field side is at 9449 Friars Road; it faces north. The third base
side (W) borders Stadium Way and a quarry; the first base side (S) edges
on the San Diego River, Camino del Rio North, and Interstate 8; finally,
the right field (E) borders on Interstate 15.
field: 330 (1969), 327 (1982)
alleys: 375 (1969), 370 (1982)
field: 420 (1969), 410 (1973), 420 (1978), 405 (1982)
field: 330 (1969), 327 (1982), 330 (1996)
80 (1969), 75 (1982).
field: 17.5 feet (concrete, 1969), 9 (line painted on concrete, 1973),
18 (concrete, 1974), 8.5 (canvas, 1982)
field: 17.5 feet (concrete, 1969), 10 (wood, 1973), 18 (concrete,
1978), 8.5 (canvas, 1982)
field: 17.5 (concrete, 1969), 9 (line painted on concrete, 1973), 18
(concrete, 1974), 8.5 (canvas, 1982)
field: 17.5 (concrete, 1969), 10 (wood, 1973), 18 (concrete, 1978),
8.5 (canvas, 1982),
section in right-center: 9 (canvas, 1982), 17.5 (concrete with
scoreboard in front, 1996).
- Lowest run factor in majors in 1998,
- Lowest hit, batting average, RHB
batting average, and
double factors in NL in 2001
- Second lowest hit, batting average,
and run factors in NL in
- Lowest hit, batting average, and
run factors in NL in 1998
- Lowest walk factor in NL in 2000
- The right-center scoreboard which
stood directly behind the right-center seats was so hot that fans
there felt the heat on their backs.
- The only park where the bullpen dirt
area touches the foul lines
- The only park where a foul ball can be
caught out of sight of all umpires and most players, in either bullpen
near the foul poles.
- Site of Willie Mays’ 600th homer, on
September 22, 1969, off Mike Corkins.
- Lou Brock became the majors’
all-time stolen base leader here on August 29, 1977.
- Orel Hershiser broke Don Drysdale’s
record for most consecutive shutout innings (58) here on September 28,
- Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis pitched Jack
Murphy Stadium's only no-hitter on June 12, 1970.