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In the mid-1960s, San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy began to campaign for a new, first-class stadium that would house the NFL Chargers and a baseball expansion team (the Padres). The city built the multi-purpose stadium on a 166-acre site in Mission Valley. On August 20, 1967, the San Diego Chargers took to the field to play their first game in the newly completed San Diego Stadium.

The San Diego Stadium was renamed in Jack Murphy's honor when he died in 1980. In 1997 it was renamed again to Qualcomm Stadium in return for $18 million to complete the expansion project. The telecommunications company has the naming rights until 2017.

The stadium has undergone a number of additions. In 1984, the facility was expanded to nearly 61,000 square feet, and 50 suites were added, at a cost of $9.1 million. Then, in 1997, a major expansion costing $78 million was undertaken: 10,500 seats were added, bringing the total seating capacity to 71,500; 34 suites were added for a total of 113; Club Level seating was added with four lounges. In addition, upgraded food service, two new video screens and a practice facility for the Chargers were included.

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