With Super Bowl 50 just around the corner, both date and location, we’re discovering the Super Bowl heritage in California. Over the next week, we will road trip from San Diego to San Francisco exploring the history of the Super Bowl in California. We started at Qualcomm Stadium followed by the San Diego Hall of Champions and we already feel the Super Bowl fever.
This morning, we had a private tour of the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Qualcomm Stadium has hosted three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, and Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. In 1998, It also hosted the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year. The halls and locker rooms of Qualcomm have seen their fair share of famous athletes including Junior Seau, Philip Rivers, and LaDainian Tomlinson. Also, Lesley and Athena Carter.
Since we had the stadium to ourselves, Athena and I ran out onto the field pretending to be players in a game. We made up a touchdown dance and made fools of ourselves, but we were the only ones there, besides the stadium General Manager, Mike McSweeney, so we didn’t have a care in the world. I had never been on a professional football field before. It was huge! I can appreciate every yard gained without even adding the 300 pound tackle coming my way. We had to run the entire field just once to soak up the glory.
After leaving Qualcomm, we made our way to Balboa Park for the San Diego Hall of Champions. The San Diego Hall of Champions is the nation’s largest multi-sport museum with three levels of memorabilia and 68,000 square feet.
The rich history of the San Diego Chargers is featured as a part of the Hall of Champions’ football exhibit. Artifacts of note include one of Sid Gillman’s playbooks, a Lance Alworth game worn jersey, and a 1963 American Football League championship trophy.
Athena loved the “costumes” and she enjoyed pushing the buttons and hearing the stories that came from the speakers. We pretended to be announcers at a game as we watched the screen. She’s so creative for a 3 year old.
Athena is incapable of passing a stage without putting on a performance so when she saw this one at the Hall of Champions, she had to climb on up. I had to laugh at her robot moves combined with ballet and stomping. The creative of my child is remarkable.
Our first day of Super Bowl heritage was a huge success. I learned tons of interesting facts and information about the history of football in San Diego and we had an insiders look at the stadium.
Tomorrow we’ll make our way up to Pasadena and explore Rose Bowl Stadium. We bought a tiny football from a dollar store and we’re going to continue perfecting our touchdown dance. Stay tuned for footage.