FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated December 2018

San Diego State University is already in discussions with the City of San Diego. Both share a sense of urgency and the same goal: We want to quickly approve the sale so we can realize a world-class river park, multi-use stadium, and an Innovation District; build needed housing, and support SDSU’s long-term growth.

The City and SDSU are finalizing their negotiation teams with the goal of completing negotiations in the first quarter of 2019.

Also, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process will begin in early 2019 with the goal of ultimately beginning construction in 2020.

The plans for financing SDSU Mission Valley have not changed. Initial costs are estimated to be $300 million, to be financed through short-term financing and revenue bonds issued by the California State University (CSU) system. These are not the same as taxpayer dollars; bonds will be repaid with revenue generated by leases with SDSU's public-private partners.

Initial site development costs include the land purchase, site infrastructure, river park, and off-site mitigation (as part of the CEQA process). The multi-use stadium is estimated to cost $250 million. The construction and operations will be covered by revenue generated by the facility (e.g., ticket revenue, facilities rental revenue, naming rights, sponsorships, donations); the remaining development will be financed through public-private partnerships (P3s).

SDSU Mission Valley will not rely on taxpayer dollars, student tuition or student fees.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) will be a significant source of funding for the campus expansion, and will be utilized for the housing, retail and campus innovation district buildings. These partnerships will allow SDSU to have access to new space without taking on additional financial risk inherent in the construction and operation of a building. Also, P3s would still generate property tax revenue because they will be shared spaces with industry.

The CSU has completed dozens of P3s, and successful examples within and outside of the CSU include:

You can learn more about P3s by reading “Moving Forward on Public Private Partnerships: U.S. and International Experience With PPP Units” online.

SDSU will regularly inform students, faculty, staff, alumni and general community members of timely updates and other news related to SDSU Mission Valley. You can sign up for news updates online.

 

Updated November 2018

SDSU President Adela de la Torre and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer met on November 8, 2018, and the university will also work with City Council to discuss the future development of the Mission Valley stadium site. The voter-approved initiative requires the City and SDSU to negotiate the sale of the stadium site property. San Diego State University is incredibly grateful to the community for its outpouring of support for our SDSU Mission Valley plan. We are excited to move forward and will keep our SDSU and San Diego community informed along the way.
 
SDSU is land-locked on its current 288-acre site. The Mission Valley plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the university in a location that is both close to the main campus and large enough to accommodate the region’s growing needs for higher education, housing, employment, recreational amenities and open spaces.
SDSU will meet with the City of San Diego to discuss those steps. We are prepared to begin negotiations immediately with the goal of finalizing the sale in 2019 and beginning construction in 2020.
SDSU Mission Valley will provide SDSU with the opportunity to build a world class university research and innovation district just three trolley stops from the main campus. It will allow for SDSU to grow and serve more students, as well as increase its economic impact on the region. SDSU will also build a river park for all San Diegans to enjoy, along with housing, and a new multi-use stadium.
SDSU Mission Valley will not rely on taxpayer dollars, student tuition or student fees. This is important to understand. The university will not raise student tuition or fees. The Mission Valley site plan is a self-supporting project that will be paid for by revenue generated by uses on the site.

Also, public-private partnerships (P3s) will be a significant source of funding for the campus expansion, and will be utilized for the housing, retail and campus innovation district buildings. These partnerships will allow SDSU to have access to new space without taking on additional financial risk inherent in the construction and operation of a building. Also, P3s would still generate property tax revenue because they will be shared spaces with industry.

SDSU will also utilize revenue bonds through the California State University system for the initial investment to prepare the land for development and construct the river park. This is not the same as taxpayer dollars. These bonds can only be used for revenue generating projects like this and will be paid back by revenue generated by the site itself.

Also, every dollar invested in Mission Valley will return to our public university, our students and the City through the economic return of higher education. The dividends will come in the form of a better trained workforce and greater economic development. The project will also enable the university and its partners to help people expand their livelihoods, finding solutions through research and other growth across all sectors.

SDSU has committed to building 10 percent of the units on site as affordable housing, approximately 460 of the 4,600 units. Those who qualify based on income may be considered for the affordable units, including students and staff as appropriate. SDSU will work with the private partners who build the housing to ensure additional units are attainably priced for students, faculty and staff, as well as the community.
SDSU plans to build a true multi-use stadium designed specifically for both soccer and football and would welcome a professional soccer partner.

We need a place to play and want to ensure Aztec Football is here for generations to come. As this stadium will likely be the only one built in San Diego for quite some time, we want to ensure it can be used for other large-scale events benefiting the entire San Diego region and its visitors.

Yes. SDSU is required to complete the CEQA process, which includes formal public input, evaluation of potential impacts and identification of required mitigation, including traffic.
SDSU plans to move expeditiously on the environmental review process. We plan to issue a Draft EIR in 2019. The formal public input process will include input from the community and the public agencies with jurisdiction. Our goal is to have the EIR certified in early 2020. We look forward to moving forward with openness and transparency, and in the spirit of community that we value as a university.
SDSU will exclusively be responsible for negotiating the sale and the development of the property. We are grateful to the Friends of SDSU for their support. They are dedicated alumni and community supporters. While they will continue to be advocates for SDSU, the Friends of SDSU organization is not one which has any official role nor financial relationship with the university.


 
Updated October 22nd 2018

The SDSU plan for Mission Valley benefits the entire region, and ensures the long-term viability and financial stability of the university for future generations.
 
SDSU is land-locked on its current 288-acre site. The Mission Valley plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the university in a location that is both close to the main campus and large enough to accommodate the region’s growing needs for higher education, housing, employment, recreational amenities and open spaces.
Plans for the Mission Valley site include:
  • 1.6 million square feet of academic and research/innovation space, affording technology transfer between companies and SDSU researchers;
  • 90 acres of open space with a 50-acre river park, athletic and recreational fields, and more than 4 miles of hiking and biking trails;
  • Approximately 4,500 residential units, including student, faculty, and staff housing, as well as, affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing;
  • A 35,000-seat multi-use stadium for college football, professional soccer, other sports, concerts and events; expandable for NFL football;
  • 95,000 square feet of campus- and neighborhood-serving retail shops and business services;
  • Approximately 6,000 parking spaces for public and game-day use along with additional spaces as required for housing and retail, and spaces for the hotel/conference facilities that will accommodate campus visitors and serve as an incubator for students in SDSU’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Friends of SDSU is group of private citizens led by alumni and other university supporters. SDSU West is a proposed ballot initiative sponsored by Friends of SDSU. If approved by City of San Diego voters in November 2018, the SDSU West initiative would allow the university to purchase the Mission Valley site at fair market value and develop it for the region’s educational, economic and recreational benefits.
No, the university has the resources to purchase and develop this land without relying on taxpayer dollars. The plan would be financed through public-private partnerships and/or bonds that would be paid back by revenue generated through the development.
The university would use public-private partnerships to develop the commercial, retail and housing properties on the site—all of which will assist SDSU in realizing its higher educational mission and support the region’s economic growth and expansion.
No. This plan will not impact student tuition or fees. The California State University system-wide student costs are set by the Board of Trustees.
Yes, SDSU has more than 120 years of land-use planning and development experience. In the last five years, SDSU has completed more than $500 million in capital projects including classroom, residential and mixed-use buildings.
SDSU is working with a consultant to estimate the tax revenue that the planned development will generate.
 
Based on a fall 2017 report, SDSU generates more than $5.67 billion in economic impact and approximately $457 million annually in tax revenue streams for state and local governments. With more opportunities for higher education, incubator space, commercial and retail, it is anticipated that number will increase to the benefit of the entire region.
SDSU expects the first stage of construction will include the new stadium, the watershed and green belt, and the initial phase of residential housing and campus/innovation space.
Everyone. The design of this park allows for active and passive uses that make for a vibrant green space, not just for the campus community to enjoy, but for all San Diegans to use and take pride in.
Yes. Transparency in this process is critical to SDSU. SDSU will initiate and complete a thorough and open CEQA review process that will allow for significant public review and input. The CEQA process will identify environmental and traffic impacts, as well as appropriate mitigation measures.
Yes. Throughout the design process, SDSU has been in regular communication with the Mission Valley Planning Group and other organizations to ensure we are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Mission Valley Community Plan.
 
SDSU will continue to have meaningful dialogue with city planning groups, the River Park Foundation, the River Conservancy, the City of San Diego and others. Additionally, the university will continue to present the plan to groups on- and off-campus for input, in addition to the public comment periods required through CEQA.
Yes. The following is a list of past presentations in alphabetical order as of July 16, 2018. Please check back periodically for updates to this list:
 
On-campus
  • Academic Deans Council (SDSU)
  • American Society of Interior Design-SDSU Student Chapter
  • Associated Student Board of Directors
  • Aztec Electric Racing Club
  • AGC and CMA Student Chapter of SDSU
  • Aztec Parents Association
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Campus Development Committee)
  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Arts & Letters Student Council (CAL Council)
  • College of Business
  • College of Business Council
  • College of Education
  • College of Education Student California Teachers’ Association
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Engineering Student Council
  • College of Extended Studies
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Health & Human Services College Council
  • College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
  • College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts College Council
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Sciences Student Council
  • College Democrats
  • College Panhellenic Association
  • Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate Panel
  • Council of Chairs (SDSU)
  • Dance Marathon SDSU
  • Epsilon Eta Environmental Honors Fraternity
  • Faculty/Staff Open Forum
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Graduate Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Lamda Sigma Gamma
  • Lamden School of Accountancy Advisory Board
  • Los Angeles Regional Alumni Council
  • Mechatronics
  • Office of Housing Administration
  • Orange County Regional Alumni Council
  • Real Estate Society
  • Rotaract SDSU Chapter
  • School of Accountancy Advisory Board
  • School of Journalism & Media Studies
  • SDSU Alumni Board
  • SDSU BRIDGES
  • SDSU Informal Coffee reg. site plan release to campus community
  • SDSU Osher Institute
  • SDSU Planning, Design and Construction
  • SDSU Project Management Team
  • SDSU Research Foundation Board and Staff
  • SJMS Faculty
  • Student Accountancy Society
  • Students for Public Health
  • The Campanile Foundation
  • University Senate
  • University Senate Executive Committee
  • ZIP Launchpad Advisory Board

 
Off-campus
  • AGC Government Relations Committee
  • Allied Gardens/Grantville Town Hall
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • BIA Affordable Housing Committee
  • College Area Community Council
  • Carmel Valley Community Planning Group
  • Carmel Valley Sponsor Group
  • Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C3)
  • Clairemont Democratic Club
  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • EDC Strategic Roundtable
  • El Cerrito Community Council
  • JLL
  • Junto Dinner
  • Kensington Talmadge Planning Group
  • Kensington/Talmadge & Normal Heights Community Association
  • La Jolla Rotary Club
  • La Jolla Strategic Roundtable
  • Mesa Colony Community Group
  • Mission Hills Town Council
  • Mission Valley Planning Group
  • NAIOP
  • Navajo Community Planners
  • Normal Heights Community Planning Group
  • North San Diego Business Chamber
  • Pacific Beach Planning Group
  • Point Loma Democratic Club
  • Point Loma Optimist Club
  • Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club
  • Regional EDC
  • River Park Foundation
  • Rolando Community Council
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar
  • San Diego Audubon Society
  • San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
  • San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • San Diego Hall of Champions
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Council
  • San Diego River Conservancy
  • San Diego River Park Foundation
  • San Diego-Tijuana Urban Land Institute
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • San Diego Military Advisory Council
  • Serra Mesa Community Planning Group
  • Serra Mesa Planning Group
  • Sierra Club
  • Society for Marketing Professionals
  • Tierrasanta Community Council
  • Tierrasanta Kiwanis Club
  • UCSD Osher Institute
  • USD School of Business, policy advisory board
This plan provides a blueprint for the university’s long-term growth. Future student enrollment is aligned with demand and state funding, The availability of appropriate space for quality education is crucial to SDSU’s future enrollment growth.

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