Happy new renderings day! Here’s what we learned

Aztecs football once again rolled up the rusty steel shutters to San Diego’s crumbling brutalist sports-tomb on Saturday afternoon, offering fans a chance to watch a Juwan Washington-less scrimmage and purchase phased out merchandise at a discount before it winds up on a TJ Maxx clearance rack next week. This year’s Fan Fest, however, also provided something exciting — a look into the (hopefully) not-too-distant future, when we all lavishly bask in the spoils of a victorious Battle For Mission Valley.

Fancy new renderings adorned the View level escalator near Gate E, providing fans the opportunity to filter past and look upon them in wonder, as though they were the Dead Sea Scrolls or the preserved body of V. I. Lenin. Here, comrades, have a look:

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Ah yeah, that’s the stuff.

The new watercolors, which replace the blah Populous renderings from Measure G, are by architect Gensler.  You might remember them from such previous Mission Valley renderings as SoccerCity’s proposed stadium. Kudos to Gensler for playing all sides and generally improving on the original vision considerably.

But what did we learn from these purty pictures, you ask?

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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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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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GAME RECAP: Aztecs fend off UC Davis, heatstroke in perfectly forgettable opener

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The dawn of the                         STADIUM era of San Diego State football has been ushered in with a mundane, forgettable win. The Aztecs drubbed UC Davis 38-17 Saturday night, modestly rewarding the 46,132 fans who sweltered through a nasty, sticky, stagnant night on the promise of fireworks.

Given the larger context of the season it’s tempting to place outsized significance on this game, but I’m not going to. Even with the Chargers off fighting for Lawndale/Bellflower/City of Industry, San Diego was never going to become an Aztecs town overnight. And frankly, no victory over an FCS team is going to make any former Aztecs agnostics get “ONE CITY. ONE TEAM.” tattooed on their necks.

Still, SDSU put its best foot forward in a season that could start some people on the conversion process. It was a good win and we should be happy about that.

We should also be happy to be indoors, with the air conditioning running at full blast.

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Welcome to the most important SDSU football season of our lifetimes. No pressure, fellas!

San Diego State opens fall camp today, and the stakes have truly never been higher.

Hey! Stop making that wanking motion, this is a family blog*!

OK, I’ll admit it. I rolled my eyes a little while writing that opening sentence, so I won’t blame if you if you did the same while reading it. In fact, I feel like I’ve written something approaching that level of hyperbole every single August that I’ve blogged about this team.

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