The San Diego State University (SDSU) in the California, US, has broken ground on the Mission Valley stadium project, as part of the university’s campus expansion plan.

The new 35,000-capacity multi-purpose stadium forms part of the university’s Mission Valley development, a 1.6 million ft2 campus expansion located adjacent to the stadium.

Earlier this year, the California State University Board of Trustees approved and allocated an initial $350m funding for the Mission Valley development plan.

Scheduled for completion in 2023, the Mission Valley campus will comprise a mixed-use campus, including an office/innovation/research and development park, 4,600 multi-family homes, 95,000ft2 of commercial/retail space, and 34-acre River Park.

The multi-purpose stadium is designed by global design and architecture firm Gensler.

SDSU president Adela de la Torre said: “With today’s groundbreaking we begin the work to expand SDSU’s educational, research, and entrepreneurial missions. SDSU Mission Valley also addresses the realities of the past few months and the need for new streams of revenue to support higher education opportunities for all.”

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The scope of work on the new stadium includes demolition of an existing stadium, installation of dry and wet utilities, roadways, a trolley plaza, and temporary parking lots. It also includes the construction of a new River Park.

SDSU expects the Mission Valley project to expand the university’s economic impact by $3bn annually in the region while increasing enrolment by up to 15,000 students.

California State University Board of Trustees member Jack McGrory said: “For 55 years we have enjoyed this fabulous place, this ocean of asphalt and concrete that is visible from outer space. Today we take the first steps in transforming this place into a center of knowledge and engagement.”

Last year, Clark Construction Group was selected as the contractor for the SDSU Mission Valley site development project. It was also selected separately to build the new multi-use stadium at SDSU Mission Valley.

Illustration of the Mission Valley site development project. (Credit: San Diego State University)