Torero Stadium
The stadium during a soccer game in 2014
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San Diego is located in the United States
San Diego
San Diego
Location in the United States
San Diego is located in California
San Diego
San Diego
Location in California
Address5998 Alcala Park
San Diego
United States
Coordinates32°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 by 118 yards (66 by 108 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1961
Opened1961; 63 years ago (1961)
Tenants
American football

Rugby union

Soccer

Website
usdtoreros.com/stadium

Torero Stadium is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose stadium located on the campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. Opened 63 years ago in 1961, it serves as the home of the school's football and soccer teams, and the former home of the San Diego Loyal SC of the USL Championship and San Diego Legion of Major League Rugby.

It also served as the home stadium of National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) expansion side San Diego Wave FC for most of its inaugural 2022 season[1][2] before the team moved to San Diego State University's new Snapdragon Stadium, which opened in September 2022.[3]

Facilities and renovations

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 by 72 yards (108 m × 66 m), 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 was planned to undergo renovations in advance of hosting the San Diego Loyal SC team in 2020 to expand the venue to a desired 8,000 seats, however as of 2021 no additions had been made to the seating bowl.[4]

The stadium hosted the San Diego Wave FC, who began play in 2022.

Former tenants and events

Torero Stadium hosting the San Diego Legion rugby team

Torero has hosted Major League Soccer and Liga MX exhibition games for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Club Tijuana, Toronto FC and Chivas USA.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

From their inception in 2020 until 2023, Torero Stadium was the home stadium for USL Championship side San Diego Loyal SC.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Women's pro soccer coming to San Diego in 2022". San Diego Union-Tribune. June 8, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Women's pro soccer coming to San Diego in 2022". June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Herrera, Sandra (December 15, 2021). "NWSL expansion team San Diego Wave FC unveil official crest". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  4. ^ "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Torero Stadium Prepares for National Close-up", November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "North Carolina vs Penn State DI Women's Soccer Game Summary - December 2nd, 2012 | NCAA.com". www.ncaa.com.
  7. ^ Whitmer, Michael (December 4, 2014). "Patriots get to work on the practice field in San Diego". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
Preceded byKSU Soccer Stadium Host of the Women's College Cup 2012 Succeeded byWakeMed Soccer Park