Aztec Bowl (stadium)

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Aztec Bowl
Aztec Bowl
Aztec Bowl (stadium) is located in California
Aztec Bowl (stadium)
Location 5300 Campanile Dr.,
San Diego, California
Coordinates 32°46′33″N 117°4′16″W / 32.77583°N 117.07111°W / 32.77583; -117.07111Coordinates: 32°46′33″N 117°4′16″W / 32.77583°N 117.07111°W / 32.77583; -117.07111
Architect multiple
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body State
Part of San Diego State College (#97000924)
NRHP Reference # 94000402[1]
Added to NRHP September 4, 1997[1]

Aztec Bowl was a football stadium (a Works Progress Administration project) on the San Diego State University campus in San Diego, California.


Aztec Bowl hosted the San Diego State University Aztecs football team until they moved to Qualcomm Stadium in 1967. The stadium held 12,592 people at its peak and cost $500,000 to build. It was dedicated on October 3, 1936 before 7,500 people, after being completed earlier that year. The stadium was initially supposed to be expanded to 45,000 seats, but instead was only expanded once with 5,000 seats in 1948. Aztec Bowl was the only state college stadium in California at the time of its construction.[2]

Current use[edit]

Currently Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena), the school's basketball arena, sits on the site of the stadium.

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Aztec Bowl is listed on the National Register of Historic Places:[3] The old concrete bleachers of the football stadium were not demolished when the new arena was built. John F. Kennedy, then the President of the United States of America, gave the graduation commencement address at San Diego State University on June 6, 1963.[4][5][6][7]

As a nation, we have no deeper concern, no older commitment and no higher interest than a strong, sound and free system of education for all. In fulfilling this obligation to ourselves and our children, we provide for the future of our nation-and for the future of freedom.
(Historical Video)

John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, Graduation commencement address to San Diego State College (San Diego, California), June 6, 1963


In commemoration, the arena was built on top of the steps from which people listened to President Kennedy. The bleachers can be clearly seen from the arena's parking lot on the outside and in the storage areas under the arena seats on the inside of the arena.

There has been a request to remove the stadium from the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

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