Five things learned from the new MLS stadium rendering(s)

Two exciting things happened today in SDSU’s quest to actually have a place to play football after the 2018 season that is not Patrick Henry High School!

The first happened on an aircraft carrier moored in San Diego Bay.
(Editor’s note: It’s the USS Midway ffs, show a little respect you damn hippies.)

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.

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Aztecs lose to Rams, go all in on descent into yawning abyss of oblivion

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In these troubled and tumultuous times, it’s nice to have the pleasant diversion of sports to lift our spirits and remind what optimism and joy feels like.

Say, how went the collegiate basketball contest at Viejas Arena this fine afternoon?

Oh. I see.

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We won’t have the Poinsettia Bowl to kick around anymore

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Bad news about San Diego’s most lower-tier, MWC-affiliated, toxic-to-pets bowl game.

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.

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Aztecs lose Pope, fill their airsick bags with semi-digested 3 point attempts at Air Force

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What follows is a list of things that went poorly in San Diego State’s 60-57 loss at Air Force on Tuesday night:

  • Malik Pope broke again and may be out for a spell.
  • SDSU blew a 14-point lead and lost a game it trailed for, like, two minutes.
  • The team the Aztecs lost to is real bad, even when adjusting for Mountain West.
  • The Aztecs keep shooting 3s like that is a thing they can do (note: they cannot).
  • SDSU fell to 0-5 in close games this season, which … man.
  • Jeremy Hemsley and Trey Kell and Zylan Cheatham, generally.

Now, in the interest of providing alternative facts, here are some things that went well tonight:

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Rich persons float plan to build stadium for non-NFL footballing

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Hordes of SDSU football fans unable to get into a 30,000-capacity stadium, theoretically.

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?

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Resurgent Kell, stifling defense make for another fun trip to our Las Vegas timeshare

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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.

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The Q is ours! Uh, so what should we do with the crumbling hulk?

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Remember that immediately irrelevant thing I wrote last week about stadium options? Sadly, we’re now in a post-Chargers world in San Diego and that conversation has to begin in earnest (as AKH covered).

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.

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Pope provides needed glimmer of hope as Aztecs plow Aggies

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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.

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