Balboa Stadium Pt.1 (demolished) - San Diego, California
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Music - Night in the city by the Electric Light Orchestra

Photographed in 1993 using film and again in 2014 using digital.

Balboa Stadium - Opened in 1914, demolished in the mid 70's and rebuilt at a much smaller capacity. Balboa Stadium is still in use by San Diego High School and San Diego City College.

Tenants - San Diego Chargers (AFL San Diego Chargers first home in San Diego) 1961 - 1966, San Diego Toros (NASL) 1968, San Diego Pumitas (NPSL) 1999 - 2007, San Diego Boca FC (NPSL) 2011 - present, San DIego State Aztecs football, San Diego High School and San Diego CIty college use the site to this day.

Location - 1415 Park Blvd., San Diego, California. The actual site of the stadium is just East of Park Blvd on Russ Blvd. As you drive down Russ Blvd., the stadium is on the left in a semi canyon area.

Balboa stadium has had a long and colorful history. It was built in the western part of Balboa Park. The stadium was constructed to coincide with the 1915 Panama - California Exposition at Balboa Park. The original capacity of the horse shoe was 19,000. In 1919, President Wilson spoke in front of 50,000. From 1937 thru 1961, auto racing was the main event. That stopped in 1961 when the stadium was expanded to 34,000 to house the new AFL San DIego Chargers. An upper deck was added to increase capacity. The Chargers enjoyed HUGE success at the stadium. They won their only pro football championship there. The 1963 AFL title game featured the Boston Patriots and Chargers. It was no contest as the high powered Chargers dismantled the Patriots 51-10. Once San Diego Stadium opened in 1967, it spelled the beginning of the end for Balboa.

Music.....Balboa was a concert haven in the 60's and early 70's as people like Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played the venue. The Fab Four, the Beatles played Balboa in 1965. Once the Chargers left, the stadium fell into disrepair. It was pretty much condemned by the city of San Diego. Just about all of the stadium was demolished in the mid 70's. Gone was the upper deck and the columns in the south end zone. It slowly came back to life as a college / high school venue. Since the stadium was built inside a bowl, it was pretty easy to just pour new concrete seating.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Balboa Stadium. I wonder how many kids from San DIego High School and San DIego City College realize they are playing on the same ground of Hadl, Alworth, Lincoln and Post........
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The next 4 photos were shot on an overcast day in 1993.


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Balboa Stadium from Russ Blvd. This is where the roman colums for the end zone once stood.


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