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Overview: SDSU Mission Valley

SDSU Mission Valley will serve higher education, the public good, and the community’s goals and aspirations. SDSU envisions a vibrant, mixed-use, medium-density development that is transit-oriented, and expands the university’s educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology transfer programs.

The Logic of SDSU Mission Valley

Highlights of the Plan Include:

Rooted in an environmentally sensitive design to address underlying hydrology challenges, SDSU Mission Valley takes advantage of opportunities to engage the San Diego River. The site plan invites green space into and through the site to create more than 80 acres of open space and more than four miles of hike and bike trails that circumnavigate the site for all San Diegans to enjoy. These green spaces culminate at the San Diego River in a community river park, a long-held community vision that would finally become a reality under SDSU’s plan.

After the siting and design of the plan area’s open and recreational spaces, trails, and River Park, the next priority was to sensitively locate an expandable 35,000 capacity multiuse stadium. Located in the upper northwest corner of the site, the stadium would be a community resource, available to host collegiate football, professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts and other events. Plans include the option to expand to 55,000 capacity to accommodate professional football, should an NFL team return to San Diego.

SDSU envisions that approximately 4,600 units be built to accommodate students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public. This housing will include townhomes, mid-rise and high-rise residential communities situated along various green belts and pocket parks located throughout the site. Once the campus-supporting housing has been built, market factors will drive decisions regarding the appropriate mix of affordable and market-rate housing, including compliance with applicable City requirements.

SDSU Mission Valley would include an approximately 250-room conference center hotel adjacent to the stadium to support visitors to campus and stadium-related events. It would provide additional meeting and conference space, and serve as a professional incubator for graduate and undergraduate students in our L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Another approximately 150-room select service hotel would also be located on the site.

The site also would feature approximately 95,000 square feet of retail space concentrated near the stadium, and appropriately scaled to support game day activities, as well as residents, employees, students and visitors during non-game days.

For the site to function best, SDSU Mission Valley would include roughly 1.6 million square feet of campus/tech office space located adjacent to the stadium to activate the space and create an incubator-like feel to the area, as well as to provide modern facilities for SDSU’s internationally recognized researchers, consolidation of offices for faculty and staff, and homes for our interdisciplinary teams researching climate and sustainability, water scarcity and other critical topics. The expansion of community clinics in health and counseling will also provide more opportunities for community engagement.

The availability of the existing trolley line (and potential future Purple-line expansion) was important to the planning of SDSU Mission Valley, contributing to a plan where future residents can and will live, learn, work, and play without reliance on automobile transportation. Complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process would ensure that SDSU’s mobility plan meets the State of California, SANDAG, and City of San Diego’s climate action goals, including AB32, SB375, the RTP/SCS, and the Climate Action Plan.

San Diego State University intends to increase its local impact through an expansion in Mission Valley. Here’s how it will be financed.

  • No reliance on tax dollars (state appropriation) nor tuition or student fees. These revenues are exclusively for our operating budget – instruction and instruction support. SDSU would not increase tuition or student fees to pay for SDSU Mission Valley.
  • Initial costs are estimated at $300 million, to be financed through short-term financing and revenue bonds issued by the California State University (CSU) system; the site will ultimately be developed through public-private partnerships (P3s). These are not the same as taxpayer dollars; bonds will be repaid with revenue generated by leases with SDSU's public-private partners.
  • The multi-use stadium is estimated to cost $250 million which will be financed by revenue bonds. The repayment of the revenue bonds will be covered by revenue generated by the facility (e.g., ticket revenue, facilities rental revenue, naming rights, sponsorships, donations).
  • The stadium is fully self-supporting with revenue generated by the facility (e.g., ticket revenue, facilities rental revenue, naming rights, sponsorships, donations) covering the development costs and ongoing operations of the project.

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