Torero Stadium

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Torero Stadium
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Location5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110
Coordinates 32°46′23″N117°11′01″W / 32.7731°N 117.1837°W / 32.7731; -117.1837 Coordinates: 32°46′23″N117°11′01″W / 32.7731°N 117.1837°W / 32.7731; -117.1837
Owner University of San Diego
OperatorUniversity of San Diego
Capacity Soccer: 6,000
Field size72 x 118 yds
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1961
Opened1961
Tenants
American football

San Diego Toreros football (NCAA) (1961–present)

Rugby union

San Diego Breakers (PRO) (2016)
San Diego Legion (MLR) (2018–present)

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Soccer
San Diego Toreros soccer (NCAA) (1961–present)
San Diego Spirit (WUSA) (2001–2003)
San Diego United (NPSL) (2009)
USL San Diego (USLC) (from 2020)

Torero Stadium is a 6,000-seat stadium in San Diego, California. It was built in 1961. It is home to the University of San Diego football team, which plays in the NCAA Pioneer Football League, the University of San Diego soccer team, which plays in the NCAA West Coast Conference, the San Diego Legion team, which plays in the Major League Rugby league, and formerly the San Diego Breakers, playing in the PRO Rugby competition.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

University of San Diego Private university in San Diego, California, United States

The University of San Diego (USD) is a private Roman Catholic research university in San Diego, California. Founded in July 1949 as the San Diego College for Women and San Diego University, the academic institutions merged from the California school system into University of San Diego in 1972. Since then, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, to include the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and School of Law. USD has 79 undergraduate and graduate programs, and enrolls approximately 9,073 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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 yards x 72 yards, 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.

San Diego Spirit

The San Diego Spirit was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. The team began play in 2001. The league announced on September 15, 2003 it was suspending operations.

Former tenants and events

Torero has hosted Major League Soccer exhibition games for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. [1] The U.S. women's national soccer team has also played friendlies at the stadium. [2] 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. [3]

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. [4]

The First 4 men's lacrosse invitational was an annual college lacrosse event held in California with the feature event being a double-header involving four NCAA Division I men's lacrosse teams. The event is representative of the recent expansion of the sport far afield from its traditional strongholds of Maryland and New York. The inaugural event took place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on March 12, 2005. It drew a crowd of 7,182 spectators. An event was planned for 2009, but cancelled due to a scheduling conflict and never resumed.

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References

  1. "Torero Stadium Prepares for National Close-up", November 27, 2012.
  2. "Torero Stadium Prepares for National Close-up", November 27, 2012.
  3. https://www.ncaa.com/game/soccer-women/d1/2012/12/02/north-carolina-penn-st/#autoplay=1
  4. Staff, Michael Whitmer Globe; December 4; 2014; Comments, 12:00 a m Email to a Friend Share on Facebook Share on TwitterPrint this Article View. "Patriots get to work on the practice field in San Diego - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
Preceded by
KSU Soccer Stadium
Host of the Women's College Cup
2012
Succeeded by
WakeMed Soccer Park