In November 2017, San Diego State University unveiled “SDSU Mission Valley,” a detailed vision and plan for the land including and immediately surrounding SDCCU Stadium. The plan features architectural renderings by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. The university is able to purchase the land at fair market value and finance the construction, should it have the opportunity to do so. The plan does not rely on taxpayer dollars.

Should SDSU have the opportunity to purchase the Mission Valley stadium site in the future, SDSU would:

  • Pay Fair Market Value for the land
  • Build a world class university research and innovation campus
  • Build and maintain the river park
  • Build a multiuse stadium for Aztec football and professional soccer
  • Follow the transparent and public California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process
  • Build affordable and market rate housing for students, faculty, staff and the general public


Founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown from a small teachers' college into a national research university of 36,000 students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Today, with nearly 240,000 local alumni and 6,000 employees, SDSU is one of the top economic generators in the San Diego region. According to a recent analysis by ICF, an international consulting firm specializing in economic impact studies, the university generates $5.67 billion in economic activity, and $457 million in state and local tax revenues each year.

Why Mission Valley

To effectively serve increasing demand for higher education and to support regional economic growth, SDSU must identify opportunities for expansion. However, the campus is landlocked within its 288 acres. The Mission Valley site is the only nearby piece of land capable of addressing San Diego State University’s long-term expansion goals.