The second happened on THE INTERNET, where soccercitysd.com – the splashy website of our MLS investor heroes – posted new stadium renderings. Well, if they aren’t new, at least I hadn’t seen them before. I think that counts as new.
Now, many Aztec fans (myself, included) have been known to poke fun at the annual mid-December showcase of Group of 5 mediocrity. Indeed, with the exception of 2010, a drought-breaking year in which a trip to literally any bowl game would have been greeted with the unbridled enthusiasm of a monarch’s coronation, the thought of the Poinsettia was always a drag for us. It was a consolation prize in which we’d play a meh opponent in our shitty home stadium and pay exorbitant bowl game prices to do so.
Some encouraging San Diego stadium news happened yesterday, a welcome departure from other national events a person may or may not be slightly terrified about at any given moment. So behold: RENDERING.
Hell yeah, a soccer-specific stadium to be shared by MLS [team name here] and San Diego State football! Kind of amazing how quickly the Chargers leaving has moved this all forward. Things are moving fast. Real fast. Too fast?
Trey Kell had been showing faint signs of becoming Trey Kell again. He shot 50 percent from the field in back-to-back blowouts of San Jose State and Utah State – a welcome sight after three absolutely brutal performances (6-for-30, brutal) to start conference play.
Still, the junior hadn’t looked like Trey Kell, Dangerous Scorer Man since before Christmas.
Until Tuesday night.
Kell went off for 24 points to lead that Aztecs to their first true road victory of the season – naturally another win over UNLV at the Thomas & Mack, 64-51. It’s nice to know that even in what has to this point been a down year, we can still walk into the Rebels’ house and help ourselves to the liquor cabinet and whatever’s in the fridge.
Like most everyone I’m a bit stunned by all of this. I’m a lifelong, third-generation Chargers fan who is sad to lose our team. But pleased as punch to lose the Spanos family! I guess that puts me in good company because San Diego State has to be feeling similarly today. Check out this U-T article about SDSU’s experience as Qualcomm Stadium’s lesser tenant trying to deal with the Chargers.
As we talked about last week, Qualcomm Stadium is a dump. San Diego State attempted to do the following to make it less of a dump:
Upgrade video boards
Upgrade advertising boards
Improve wireless access
The Chargers didn’t want any part of it. It’s clear now that their plan all along was to make the stadium look as awful as possible and let everybody else do their work for them. Clearly, that plan worked spectacularly.
It’s been a rough couple of days to be a San Diego sports fan, as the community continues to sift through the rubble left behind by its departed NFL franchise. Aztec Nation and Chargers Nation were never perfectly overlapping circles, mind you, (disclosure: I didn’t grow up here and never gave a Spanos’s ass about the franchise) but plenty of people cared a lot about both.
Indeed, it was easy to get that impression about the majority of the 8,000 or so fans that mostly filled Viejas Arena on Saturday night for the first major sporting event in San Diego A.C. The fact that this game fell while SDSU’s non-local students were away on winter break made this a more local crowd than most. And, indeed, the arena seemed pretty somber early on.