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“Chargers and Bengals first time NFL game” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Qualcomm Stadium

Qualcomm Stadium
9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)
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Ranked #116 of 193 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
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Caloundra, Australia
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“Chargers and Bengals first time NFL game”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This was our first visit to an NFL game in USA. Wow what an experience, the car park tailgate BBQ's, the complete atmosphere was amazing. We arrived at the stadium about 10:30am for a 1:20pm game start. We were visiting from Australia, and were staying in Anaheim. We drove to San Diego for the day and the game experience. Getting into the stadium car park was really easy and parking was easy. The stadium atmosphere was great from the beginning, and obtaining our will call tickets we purchased from Australia was really easy. The stadium entry was very tight security wise, more so than any stadium in Australia. The checks were thorough, and this was comforting. W needed to through soda out that we had with us, but bottled way was OK. Our seats were in the family friendly seating area, which was supposed to be alcohol free. It wasn't but it was not a real issue, no one misbehaved and everyone had fun. We had allocated seats but the stadium was not full so others were moving around. The was someone smoking near us even though the stadium is a smoking free zone, again not a real problem. Exit from the stadium was long, but not overly bad, considering thee were nearly 60,000 people at the stadium. It took us 1 1/2 hours to get out of the stadium and back to Anaheim. In Australia it would have taken us nearly 2 hours just to get out of the car park. We read reviews that said the stadium was old and tired. If that is the case for a stadium in USA, I really want to go to a morn facility. Great day.

Visited December 2012
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“Football Game "easy" access”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We went to the Chargers vs. Ravens game (what a game!) and enjoyed the whole experience. We had tickets for the Plaza section 16 row 4 and had a tremendous view. I had read that most of the points were scored at the west end and they were! Using the Trolley System from our hotel was so easy going and coming. We came from the Gaslamp Station in a very timely manner; easy off to the stadium; and going home we had decided to take our time and even then from leaving the stadium to getting on the Trolley with 60,000 leaving the stadium, we were on in about 20-25 minutes and zipped back to our station. They really have it planned well. Just remember to have your Compass Card (Trolley card) ready to show the staff when you exit and reenter the Trolley platform.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego, California
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“The most bland and mediocre stadium I may have ever been to”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

What can you say? It's an old stadium. It's a relic compared to today's NFL and MLB stadiums and clearly a cutout from the cookie-cutter designs of the 70s and 80s. Poor and extremely overpriced food selection, small bathrooms, hot in the sun and then cold as soon as it sets, not the easiest to find your way around, nothing that makes you feel like it's a good day to be a Chargers' fan and it all adds up to a boring experience; and yet, you still have fun. Maybe it's the mostly friendly crowd? Who knows.

I'll say this as well: the NFL knows it's struggling to get fans to stadiums. I don't think that Qualcomm was all that bad if the prices were a bit lower on all fronts and the commercial breaks weren't so artificially inserted. I was surprised at how much it bothered me during this last game - maybe they are more frequent than in years past, but it reminded me just one more reason why I watch football at home.

Tips: take the MTS Green line; don't pay the money for parking; wear shorts, and a t-shirt, but bring running tights and an undershirt or windbreaker for as soon as the sun goes down... and drink and eat BEFORE the game as the prices and selection are equally outrageous.

Visited November 2012
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Alpine, California
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“aging lady”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I have been coming to Qualcomm since it was the Jack Murphy Statium( the murph). Originally home the the chargers and the padres, the padres moved downtown a few years ago and now its just the chargers and a few motocross, monster truck events. This is one of the older stadiums around, and the city which owns the place hasn't spent much money to help the old girl keep up appearances. The good: close to 2 freeways so its easy to get there. Very large parking lot, so its a great place to tailgate! The bad: $25 bucks to park, $150 for a RV, and the usual bad food with high prices. A bottle of water cost $5. If you're a beer snob like me don't bother...No real craft beer and the bud and miller is watered down but the price isn't. To be there live at a good football game is always a fun experience, but for a family of four it going to cost you $300-400 by the time your done. GO to a sports bar or stay home and watch it on your wide screen. The condition of the stadium and the prices are part of the reason the chargers have trouble selling enough tickets to prevent blackouts. I wont mention the chargers record or NORV

Visited September 2012
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“Charger Fever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The venue is really good and the access is one of the best stadiums I have been in. the tailgaters always seem to have a lot of fun and the field is in great shape, now about the Charger... Well,,,,

Visited November 2012
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