SDSU and City of San Diego agree on new lease at STADIUM through 2020, despite bogus talking point

Roman amphitheater of Leptis Magna in Khoms, Libya built in 56 AD, or SDCCU Stadium, who can tell the difference really.

The San Diego State football Aztecs will likely play in Mission Valley through the 2020 football season — and almost certainly for a good while after that.

As reported by Voice of San Diego, SDSU and the City of San Diego have reached a tentative deal on a lease extension for Aztecs football at SDCCU Stadium through the end of the 2020 season. This gives San Diego State certainty on a place to play until one of three scenarios comes to pass:

  • SDSU West wins at the polls this fall and the university takes over the old hulk while building a new stadium.
  • SoccerCity wins at the polls this fall and the soccer stadium opens in 2021.
  • Both lose and a standard Request for Proposals (RFP) process, likely to include a new stadium, runs its course.

You’ll note none of these scenarios has SDSU football playing at Grossmont College or the ruins of Balboa Stadium, as some investor-affiliated social media personalities once snarkily predicted.

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SDSU West, coming to a ballot near you

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No word on the fate of the previously proposed San Diego Riverdong. Photo courtesy , senior riverdong correspondent.

Wheels are officially in motion for San Diego State to try to wrest Mission Valley from the evil grip of the global communist conspiracy soccer, hella condos and bougie mixology bars, probably. Today the proxy group created to do the university’s political bidding on this issue stated its intent to start gathering signatures to get SDSU West on the ballot.

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Wait, is SDSU actually considering renovating, rather than replacing, STADIUM?

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Meet the new STADIUM; same as the old STADIUM?

The Union-Tribune’s Logan Jenkins had an interesting column today after spending Saturday rubbing elbows with SDSU brass at Saturday’s football game. Jenkins has generally resided on the SDSU side of the Battle for Mission Valley, so his supportive tone for the university and Aztecs here should not surprise.

If there was any hard news in the piece, it was President Sally Roush indicating SDSU will unveil a plan next year that will be “significantly” different than the SoccerCity initiative. So you can probably delete any of that fanfic you’re writing where SDSU and FS Investors reunite and reconcile like Ayra and Sansa at Winterfell. (I had Papa Doug as Littlefinger in mine.)

But it was a throwaway line from Jenkins at the end of the column that caught my eye:

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SDSU just got a fighting chance to pursue its own vision for Mission Valley. It had better step up this time

‘Concrete tombstone’

Monday’s 5-4 vote by the San Diego City Council to kill a November special election did not kill SoccerCity dead. At least not yet. The FS Investors group could push forward with a new timeline and potentially put the same vision before voters in November 2018 — provided the MLS expansion deadline isn’t as hard as they’ve been letting on.

Similarly, Monday’s vote did not necessarily offer irrefutable proof that San Diego State University holds ample local political sway and you must appease it or suffer the consequences. This vote was likely as much about the Council’s Democratic majority wanting to dunk Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s head down in a urinal and hit flush for the second time in as many weeks.

But I’ll say this for old alma mater on the Mesa: Playing hardball has paid off so far.

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No, Aztecs football is not going to be homeless

 

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Brutalist public works structure in a verdant floodplain

My Twitter follows tend of fall into two categories: political commentators (lord help me) and San Diego State Aztecs-related accounts. Lately – amazingly – it has been the latter group that has been the source of the most breathless panic and bed wetting. A sampling:

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Panic on the streets of College Area

Can we stop this now?

I think we can stop this now.

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SDSU pulls out of SoccerCity peace negotiations, war over Mission Valley looms

 

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It was nearly two months ago that I predicted on this here blog that San Diego State’s anti-SoccerCity insurgency was in its death throes. I assumed that the decision to have Mayor Kevin Faulconer intervene to try to get something – anything – out of the deal for SDSU was merely the first step in the university’s capitulation.

That prediction, uh, hasn’t aged so well.

WELP.

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