Torero Stadium

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Torero Stadium
ToreroSoccerConfig.jpeg
Location5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110
Coordinates32°46′23″N 117°11′01″W / 32.7731°N 117.1837°W / 32.7731; -117.1837Coordinates: 32°46′23″N 117°11′01″W / 32.7731°N 117.1837°W / 32.7731; -117.1837
OwnerUniversity of San Diego
OperatorUniversity of San Diego
CapacitySoccer: 6,000
Field size72 x 118 yds
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1961
Opened1961
Tenants
American football

San Diego Toreros football (NCAA) (1961–present)

Rugby union

San Diego Breakers (PRO) (2016)
San Diego Legion (MLR) (2018–present)

Soccer
San Diego Toreros soccer (NCAA) (1961–present)
San Diego Spirit (WUSA) (2001–2003)
San Diego United (NPSL) (2009)
USL San Diego (USLC) (from 2020)

Torero Stadium is a 6,000-seat stadium in San Diego, California. It was built in 1961, it is home to the University of San Diego football team, which plays in the NCAA Pioneer Football League, the University of San Diego soccer team, which plays in the NCAA West Coast Conference, the San Diego Legion team, which plays in the Major League Rugby league, and the USL San Diego soccer team in the USL Championship.

Facilities and renovations[edit]

The South stands feature approximately 1,100 bleacher seats with backs and with press box facilities; the East and North stands are all bleacher seating — the North stands hold about 3,000 fans and the stands behind the East end hold approximately 1,900. The playing surface is "Bandera" Bermuda grass, with soccer dimensions measuring 118 yards x 72 yards, with football conforming to NCAA regulations.

The stadium underwent two phases of renovation to host the WUSA San Diego Spirit. Over $3.5 million was spent to enlarge the seating areas and add spectator comforts.[citation needed] In 2001, the installation of the upgraded lighting system took place, giving Torero illumination for night events; the final steps included the paving of the pedestrian walkway that curves around three-quarters of the stadium and the installation of a new sound system and a video board and scoreboard.

The stadium is planned to undergo renovations in advance of hosting the USL San Diego team in 2020 to expand the venue to a desired 8,000 seats.[1]

Torero Stadium hosting the San Diego Legion

Former tenants and events[edit]

Torero has hosted Major League Soccer exhibition games for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Club Tijuana, Toronto FC and Chivas USA;[2] the stadium was the former home of the San Diego Breakers rugby team. The U.S. women's national soccer team has also played friendlies at the stadium.[2] The WUSA San Diego Spirit women's soccer team played at Torero from 2001 to 2003. Torero hosted the 2012 women's college cup soccer tournament.[3]

Since 2002, the venue has hosted The First 4 men's college lacrosse invitational; the New England Patriots used the stadium as their practice facility for the week leading up to their game with the San Diego Chargers on December 7, 2014.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Torero Stadium Prepares for National Close-up", November 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "North Carolina vs Penn State DI Women's Soccer Game Summary - December 2nd, 2012 | NCAA.com". www.ncaa.com.
  4. ^ Staff, Michael Whitmer Globe; December 4; 2014; Comments, 12:00 a m Email to a Friend Share on Facebook Share on TwitterPrint this Article View. "Patriots get to work on the practice field in San Diego - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
Preceded by
KSU Soccer Stadium
Host of the Women's College Cup
2012
Succeeded by
WakeMed Soccer Park