Holiday Bowl Finds New Home at Petco Park Baseball – NBC 7 San Diego
The Holiday Bowl will move downtown to Petco Park after its 42-year-old home, Qualcomm Stadium, was razed to the ground.
Holiday Bowl CEO Mark Neville confirmed the move on Wednesday. He and officials with the San Diego Padres will release renderings of how the stadium will host a soccer field on Thursday. No date has been set for the 2021 game, which will be the first in a new five-year contract between the Pac-12 and the ACC.
Neville began to view Petco Park as an option as it became evident that the lifespan of Qualcomm Stadium was drawing to a close after the Chargers moved from the NFL to Los Angeles following the 2016 season.
The Holiday Bowl was played from its inception in 1978 until 2019 in Mission Valley in what was known as San Diego / Jack Murphy / Qualcomm Stadium. The 2020 game, which was slated to be the first under the Pac-12-ACC deal, has been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last fall, with no supporters allowed, the state of San Diego moved their home games to an MLS stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson and began demolishing the Qualcomm Stadium so they could start building. a new 35,000-seat stadium that will open in 2022. A ballot measure in 2018 gave the school the right to purchase most of the Mission Valley site for the stadium and a campus extension.
San Diego State will also play its 2021 home games at Carson.
Petco Park, which opened in 2004, has hosted other sporting events including a Davis Cup first round match between the United States and Great Britain, a basketball match between the State of San Diego and San Diego, football and Supercross games.
It looks like the SDCCU Holiday Bowl is heading towards Petco Park in downtown San Diego. NBC 7’s Audra Stafford shares what we know so far.