Stadium station (San Diego)

Stadium station is a San Diego Trolley stop on the Green Line. The elevated station has an island platform as well as side platforms. It was built in the parking lot of the former San Diego Stadium. The area around the station is undergoing re-development into San Diego State University's Mission Valley campus and the Snapdragon Stadium for the San Diego State Aztecs football team.

San Diego Trolley station
SDSU Stadium station 2019.jpg
Stadium station in 2019
General information
Location9449 Friars Road
San Diego, California
Coordinates32°46′51.52″N 117°7′8.67″W / 32.7809778°N 117.1190750°W / 32.7809778; -117.1190750Coordinates: 32°46′51.52″N 117°7′8.67″W / 32.7809778°N 117.1190750°W / 32.7809778; -117.1190750
Platforms2 side platforms, 1 island platform
Parking5,000–17,000 spaces, except for major stadium event days
Disabled accessYes
OpenedNovember 1997
November 1, 2020–September 3, 2022
Previous namesQualcomm Stadium
Preceding station San Diego Trolley Following station
Fenton Parkway Green Line Mission San Diego


The now-demolished San Diego Stadium. The trolley viaduct and station can be seen in the background behind the stadium.

This station opened on November 23, 1997 as part of the Blue Line Mission Valley Line extension to Mission San Diego station.[1] The station, originally called Qualcomm Stadium station, was built in the parking lot of its namesake stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Chargers. The station saw heavy use on stadium event days. On non-event days, the stadium parking lots served as a massive park and ride facility.

Blue Line service to this station was replaced by the Green Line on July 10, 2005 as part of the Mission Valley East extension.[2] Before the opening of the Mission Valley East extension, this station was rebuilt to raise the platform to accommodate the new low-floor trolley vehicles, giving passengers level access to trains without using steps or a wheelchair lift.

The station was renamed after Qualcomm's naming rights to the stadium expired in June 2017, coinciding with the Chargers' departure from San Diego.

The station closed on November 1, 2020, for two years to accommodate the demolition of San Diego Stadium and the construction of Snapdragon Stadium.[citation needed] The station briefly reopened on August 20, 2022, for a preview event at the new stadium and reopened permanently on September 3, 2022.[3][4] A new plaza is planned to be constructed during redevelopment of the surrounding lots.[5]

Station layoutEdit

There are two tracks, each served by a side platform and a shared island platform. East of the station is a siding for trains short-turning back to Downtown.

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 2   Green Line toward 12th & Imperial Transit Center (Fenton Parkway)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Track 1   Green Line toward Santee Town Center (Mission San Diego)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  2. ^ Ristine, Jeff (July 23, 2006). "After 25 years, the trolley keeps on moving". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  3. ^ "Trolley Station Open Saturday for SDSU Scrimmage at New Snapdragon Stadium". Times of San Diego. August 18, 2022. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Stadium Trolley Station Celebrates Reopening for Snapdragon's First Game" (Press release). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 2, 2022. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  5. ^ Kenney, Kirk (May 3, 2022). "Snapdragon Stadium update: Plenty of parking — for now — but trolley will remain option". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved October 9, 2022.