Although many things made 2015 an amazing year, attending an NFL game for the first time was the icing on the cake. Sure, I’ve watched numerous NFL games from the comfort of my living room or while on an elliptical at the gym. However, experiencing an NFL game in person was a whole other story.
This week’s Secret of SoCal is Qualcomm Stadium.
Qualcomm Stadium is currently home to the San Diego Chargers. This multipurpose stadium hosted three Super Bowls (XXI in 1988, XXXII in 1998, and XXXVII in 2003), numerous Major League Baseball events, and is the only stadium to host the Super Bowl and World Series in the same year. Qualcomm Stadium has rich history bursting from every cement seam.
Changes may be coming to Qualcomm Stadium this coming year; The San Diego Chargers may move to a new stadium. This change raises numerous questions; will they share a stadium with another team in their division? Where will they play? What will happen to Qualcomm Stadium?
Just yesterday, the Chargers submitted their final proposal in attempt to keep the Chargers in San Diego, however, a new stadium would be built. The mayor of San Diego argued that the Chargers have a competitive advantage in San Diego. He suggested that because there’s less competition with other sports franchises, the Chargers have the ability to be more successful than if in Los Angeles. Few people actually know where the Chargers will end up and who will call Qualcomm Stadium “home.”
Flashback to December 20th of this year, my family and I arrived in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium a little past nine in the morning. Our morning was full of mimosas, cornhole, and beer pong. We even met some awesome new friends. I honestly have never had such a fun experience in a parking lot before.
The actual game wasn’t too exciting because neither the Chargers nor the Dolphins had made the playoffs… and the Dolphins didn’t score until the third quarter (pictured below: a typical Dolphins fan until the third quarter.) The thing that amazed me the most was that the entire stadium was filled! There is something to be said about the NFL and the uncontainable passion within every fan. Although Miami is a good 2,716 miles away, about a fifth of the fans attending the game were Dolphins fans… including my brother. The final score was 30 to 14, Chargers.
Attending my first NFL game was amazing, especially because it took place at Qualcomm Stadium. We won’t find out what’s really happening in the NFL until after Super Bowl XIX, but it’ll be interesting to see where next year’s season takes us. I can’t wait!
Tonight at midnight we will begin another amazing journey, 2016. I can’t wait to see what it has in store for each and every one of us. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! And tonight of all nights…
Remember- Take Care of This Moment.