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NFL Football | AFC West

San Diego Chargers Tailgating

Tailgating Venue Information

Stadium Official Name:
Qualcomm Stadium 
9449 Friars Road
San Diego
Stadium Nickname:
The Q, The Murph 
Previous Stadium Names:
San Diego Stadium (1967-1980)
Jack Murphy Stadium (1980-1997)
Team President:
David L 

Other Teams In This Conference

Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders

General Overview

Built in 1967 as a multi-purpose stadium, Qualcomm Stadium is home to the San Diego Chargers, San Diego State Aztecs and also hosts the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Concerts, Monster Jam, Supercross, international soccer matches and concerts are also held at Qualcomm Stadium during various times during the year.

How To Get To San Diego Chargers Tailgate

By passenger vehicle/RV

Qualcomm Stadium is located immediately northwest of the interchange of Interstate 8 and Interstate 15. The main exit off of I-15 to get to Qualcomm Stadium is Friars Road.

From the North via Interstate 5

  1. Drive SOUTH on Interstate 5.
  2. Turn EAST on Interstate 8.
  3. Turn NORTH on QUALCOMM Way.
  4. Turn EAST on Friars Road.
  5. Turn RIGHT into the first parking lot entrance.

From the North via Interstate 15
  1. Drive SOUTH on Interstate 15.
  2. Turn WEST on Friars Road.
  3. Turn LEFT into the far west parking lot.

From the South via Interstate 5 or 805
  1. Drive NORTH on Interstate 5 to 805.
  2. Turn EAST on Interstate 8.
  3. Turn NORTH on Mission Gorge.
  4. Turn WEST on San Diego Mission Road
  5. Look for the entrance gate on your LEFT.

From the South via Freeway 163
  1. Drive NORTH on Freeway 163.
  2. Turn EAST on Friars Road.
  3. Turn RIGHT into the first parking lot entrance.

From the East via Interstate 8
  1. Drive WEST on Interstate 8.
  2. Turn off the Mission Gorge off-ramp.
  3. Turn NORTH on Mission Gorge.
  4. Turn WEST on San Diego Mission Road.
  5. Look for the entrance gate on your LEFT.

From the West via from Interstate 8
  1. Drive EAST on Interstate 8.
  2. Turn NORTH on QUALCOMM Way.
  3. Turn EAST on Friars Road.
  4. Turn RIGHT into the first parking lot entrance.

By Rail

Light rail options are available to fans attending games and events and Qualcomm Stadium. The Pacific Surfliner is operated by Amtrak and carries fans from both north and south of Qualcomm Stadium. The Pacific Surfliner stops at the Santa Fe Station in downtown San Diego. From there fans can board The San Diego Trolley via the Green Line and a Special Events line. On game days and special events, the Qualcomm Stadium Trolley Station is in operation and handles numerous fans. On non-game days, the Trolley will bypass this station and will not stop. Normally fans traveling on the Pacific Surfliner can purchase train tickets for both the trip on the Surfliner and the leg to Qualcomm Stadium via the Trolley at the same time.

By Bus

Chargers Express Buses operated by Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) cost $10 round trip and operate from five pick-up/drop-off points. Locations include:

  • Spring Street Trolley Station (north of Hwy 94 on Spring Street)
  • Governor Dr. & Hwy 805 Park & Ride
  • Kearny Mesa Traffic Court (Complex Street & Clairemont Mesa Blvd)
  • Mira Mesa Park & Ride (I-15 & Mira Mesa Blvd.)
  • Chula Vista High School (820 4th Ave.) at the "K" St. parking lot

Monthly Regional Transit Pass, tokens, Day Passes and other forms of pre-paid fare media are not accepted for fare on the special service MTS Chargers Express bus. Family Weekends & Friends Ride Free promotions are not honored on the special service MTS Chargers Express bus either.

MTS Chargers Express buses begin loading two hours before game time. The last bus departs 45 minutes before kick-off. On the return trip, the last MTS Chargers Express bus leaves the stadium twenty minutes after the game has ended.

The North County Transportation District (NCTD) services only the north San Diego County area but does run special express buses to Qualcomm stadium on game days. Tickets are $25.00 round trip and must be purchased online in advance. NCTD runs two different lines based on the section of the north county fans live, Coastal Corridor and the Inland Corridor. NCTD buses depart from the following locations:

Coastal Corridor: Oceanside Transit Center, Plaza Camino Real bus stop, La Costa Park and Ride on Beethoven Dr. and Birmingham Park and Ride
Inland Corridor: Escondido Transit Center, Felicita Park and Ride and NCTD Transit Center

By Taxi

The Taxi stand is located outside the Main Gate on San Diego Mission Road. Taxis are not allowed inside the Qualcomm Stadium parking gates to either drop off or pick up passengers..

Parking Information

Parking Costs

Inner Ring
Side Line Parking - $75
VIP Preferred Parking - $75
Reserved Parking - $45
Accessible Parking Permits – No Charge
Motorcycles - $25

Outer Ring
Reserved Tailgating Ring - $75
Tailgating Companion Parking (limit 2) - $25
Reserved Parking - $35
General Parking - $25
Charter Buses & Limousines - $150

North Lot
General Parking - $25
Family Parking area - No alcohol allowed - reserved permit parking area. To access the parking lot, guests must arrive from Mission Village Dr.

RV Parking
Reserved RV Parking for Season - $800 (10 games)
Reserved RV Parking - $100 (single game advanced purchase)
RV Companion Parking (available with purchase or Reserved RV Parking, limit 2) - $25
Gameday RV Parking - $150 (pending availability)

Gate Opening Times

  • 4 hours prior to kick-off for vehicles paying with cash on the day of the game
  • 5 hours prior to kick-off for RVs, buses and season ticket holders with pre-paid parking passes

(Those wanting to park and tailgate should arrive no later than three hours prior to kick-off to ensure getting a parking spot before the parking lot fills to capacity.)

Parking Lots

Outer Ring - Open to the general public and is accessible via Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4. Fans entering Gate 1 should use westbound San Diego Mission Road. Fans entering Gate 2, 3 and 4 should use Friars Rd.

Inner Ring - Reserved for press, player parking, team buses and pre-paid parking passes. If parking in the inner ring, use the Qualcomm Stadium Main Gate entrance.

RV Area - Sections A2, A3 and A4 of the Outer Ring are reserved for RV parking. RVs parking in these areas will enter via Gate 1 and will be directed to the section reserved just for RVs.

Motorcycles & Bicycles – Areas between F1 and G1 are reserved for motorcycles and bicycles.

Overflow Parking - When the main Inner and Outer Ring sections of Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot are full to capacity, overflow parking areas will be opened up. Additional parking at the Chicago Title Building, just west of Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego State University campus, the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel and the Town & Country Hotel are all used for overflow parking. Fans parking at SDSU, the Marriott or the Town & Country can use the Trolley to arrive at the stadium.

Tailgating Policies

Laws and San Diego City Ordinances Applying to Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lots

Qualcomm Stadium is owned and operated by the City of San Diego. Many rules that only apply to the Qualcomm Stadium parking lots are included in San Diego Municipal Code 59.0502. A few notable policies and rules to know and understand:
  1. Tailgating is allowed within the confines of an individual parking space. This encompasses either immediately in front of the vehicle or the rear of the parked vehicle. Tailgaters who interfere or take up multiple parking spaces and refuse to remove their items have been known to be cited by the San Diego Police Department.
  2. No glass bottles, drinking glasses, glass cups, glass jars, glass bowls, etc. If it is made of glass and you bring it to Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego police officers on site will issues a citation on the spot with no prior warning.
  3. No throwing, discharging, launching or spilling any solid object, including footballs, baseballs, frisbees and other such devices. This means no playing catch in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot.
  4. No kegs allowed unless a keg permit and proof of liability insurance has been obtained by the Stadium Manager. Tailgaters can apply for a keg permit by calling (619) 641-3100.
  5. Post-game tailgating is limited to two hours after the conclusion of the game. All cars must vacate the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot within a two hour window. Overnight parking is prohibited unless a special permit has been requested and granted.
  6. No pets or animals allowed. Exceptions are made for service animals assisting disabled persons such as the vision or hearing impaired.
  7. No explosives, fireworks, stink bombs or other substance which are potentially physically harmful or otherwise irritating, offensive, repugnant or disgusting to the eyes or sense of smell.

Charcoal and gas grills are allowed at Qualcomm Stadium. Fireproof cement bins for hot coals disposal are located in various locations throughout the parking lot sections.

Portable restrooms are located in various locations throughout the parking lot sections. Most portable restrooms are placed next to a light pole. (Tip: Portable restrooms in the RV section and the inner-ring typically have shorter lines because RV tailgaters tend to use their restrooms inside their RVs. Many who park in the inner-ring do not tailgate and tend to arrive closer to kick-off.)

Qualcomm Stadium offers recycling bins for aluminum and plastic. These bins are typically located outside the stadium entrance/exit gates and are not located throughout the parking lot areas. Because glass is banned at Qualcomm Stadium there are no glass recycling containers in these areas.

Stadium Information

Stadium Gates Open

There are 11 accessible entrance gates for all guests entering the stadium. Gates A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, O1, O2, and P open two hours prior to kickoff. Gates B and H open three hours prior to kickoff and are exclusive entrances for Luxury Seating ticket holders.

Security Search & Pat Down

All items and persons are subject to inspection upon entering the venue. Persons with prohibited items may be denied entry to the facility. To provide additional safety and security in the venue, guests will be asked to submit to a voluntary pat down procedure. Failure to submit to these inspection procedures will result in being denied entry to Qualcomm Stadium.

Security stations and entrance pat down areas are staffed by a private security company. They adhere to a strict policy of male security staff members are only allowed to pat down male ticket holders. Female security staffers will pat down only female ticket holders.

All bags, purses, backpacks, diaper bags, etc. are subject to inspection and prohibited items may be confiscated. Food in a small plastic bag and factory-sealed plastic water bottles 1/2 liter, 17 oz. or less (limit two per person) are allowed into Qualcomm Stadium. Bottles, cans, coolers, backpacks and bags larger than 12"x12"x12" are prohibited from entering the stadium. Select gates at Qualcomm Stadium are reserved as "express" and are for fans without bags or purses needing inspection.

ATMs/Money Machines

Located in the following locations:
  • Field Level near Section 19
  • Plaza Level near Gate F
  • Club Level near Sections 15 and 27
  • View Level near Section 20

Alcohol Policy

Beer, wine and liquor are available for sale inside Qualcomm Stadium. Alcohol sales begin from the time the gates open and continue until the end of the third quarter for San Diego Chargers games. Exceptions do apply. In particular, alcohol sales are terminated after half-time at Chargers home games when they play the Oakland Raiders. An individual must be 21 years of age to buy alcoholic beverages and proof of age is required for everyone. There is a two-drink limit per order during the first half of the game. After the third quarter begins, it is a one-drink limit per transaction. No alcohol will be sold in the fourth quarter. Alcohol may not be brought into the stadium or taken out of the stadium.

Water Fountains

Water fountains are located near each restroom.


Qualcomm Stadium is a completely smoke free environment. Smoking is only permitted on the Plaza Level at Gates E, O1 and O2. Violators may be ejected or cited by the San Diego Police Department.

Obstructed View Seating

Seats located on Field Level Sections 1 - 10 and Sections 31-41 have seats with an obstructed view. In those sections, rows 1 - 10 are considered obstructed view seats because players, equipment, television cameras, etc. will obstruct a fan's view during portions of the game.


The north side of the stadium is considered to be the sunny side of Qualcomm Stadium. The north side is also the visiting team's sideline. This side of Qualcomm Stadium can get extremely hot in the early portion of the football season because the sun is hitting this side directly. The South side is the Chargers sideline and is typically in the shade by halftime for a 1 pm kick-off.

Re-Entry Policy

Once a fan has entered Qualcomm Stadium with a valid ticket, he or she will not be allowed re-entry once they exit the stadium.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is located at the Guest Services office, located on the Plaza Level between Gates F and G. Non-game day Lost & Found is located in the Stadium Security office at Gate A. You may also call (619) 641-3150.

First Aid stations

First Aid is located on the Plaza Level between Gates F & G. An aid station is also located on the Plaza Level at Gate N. Emergency response teams are also posted throughout the stadium.

Designated Driver Booths

Designated driver booths are available on the Plaza Level near Elevators 1, 2 and 4 and near Stairway B.


Qualcomm Stadium encourages fans to create signs to show their support for the team. Banners must be related to the game, in good taste, must not obstruct the view of other fans or interfere with stadium structures and signs. Flags are permitted, but they must not be attached to poles or sticks. Management reserves the right to confiscate signs that do not meet the above requirements.

Elevators and Escalators

  • Elevators are located at Gates B, D, F & H and are accessible only to persons with disabilities, the media, credentialed staff and fans with Press Level tickets.
  • There are four sets of escalators throughout the stadium. Escalators B & J access the Club, Loge and View Levels. Escalators D & G access the Loge and View Levels.


Children over 36 inches in height or children over two years of age, require a game ticket.

Family Section

The Chargers have dedicated View Level Sections 54-58, Rows 5-26 to the enjoyment of families. Alcohol and abusive language are not allowed in this area.

Will Call

Will call for Charger general admission tickets is at Gate C. Luxury seat ticket will call for Charger games is located at Gate A.

Ticket Office

Chargers Ticket Office is located at Gate C.

Food and Drink

Seaus of San Diego
1640 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108-1534
(619) 291-7328
Opened in 1996 by San Diego Charger linebacker Junior Seau, Seau's is a premier sports-themed restaurant very close to Qualcomm Stadium. Seau's offers pizza, pasta, sandwiches and sushi at moderate prices in an event-like atmosphere. Many large TVs to watch the games and many current players come to Seau's after the games for dinner or to meet fans.

Tilted Kilt San Diego
310 10th Avenue (10th & K next to Petco Park)
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 814-5458
Tilted Kilt San Diego
An Irish/Scotish themed sports bar pub that can be best described as "Hooters with a Scottish twist". The servers are typically attractive females wearing "mini-kilts" and push-up bras. 24 beers on tap including Harp and Guinness. Lots of big screens and the Titled Kilt San Diego location is easily accessible to Qualcomm Stadium via the trolley.

Hooters of Mission Valley
1400 Camino De La Reina
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 299-4668
Fax: (619) 299-4674
Hooters of Mission Valley
Located just west of Qualcomm Stadium this is the closest Hooters restaurant to the Q. Offering TV, hot wings and the famous Hooters Girls along with beers on tap.

Dicks Last Resort
345 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-9100
Dick's Last Resort San Diego
Attracting a more rowdy crowd, Dick's is located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. A sports bar themed restaurant serving Southern style food with large flat screen TVs, the place can get quite raucus. In fact, the wait staff is trained to be obnoxious and patrons of Dick's are expected to be insulted or placed in uncomfortable situations. Do not go to Dick's unless you have a healthy sense of humor.

San Diego Brewing Co.
10450 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92120-2311
(619) 284-2739
San Diego Brewing Co
Sports bar and pub with 50 beers on tap and a number of micro brews brewed on site. Very close to Qualcomm Stadiium. (less than 3 miles)

Dave and Busters
2931 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 280-7115
Dave and Busters


San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 692-3800
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Super 8 - San Diego
4380 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 281-2222

Days Inn Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium
5343 Adobe Falls Road
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 287-1911
Days Inn Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium

Quality Inn - Qualcomm Stadium
5399 Adobe Falls Road
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 287-8730
Quality Inn - Qualcomm Stadium

Holiday Inn - Mission Valley
3805 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 278-9300
Holiday Inn - Mission Valley

Ramada Mission Valley
4380 Alvarado Conqyon Road
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 281-2222
Ramada Mission Valley

Town & Country
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 291-7131
Town & Country

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(Corner of San Diego Mission Rd & Rancho Mission Rd)
10505 San Diego Mission Road
San Diego, CA 92108-2201
(619) 280-1921

AM/PM & Arco Gas Station
6404 Mission Gorge Road
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Lowes Home Improvement
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Vons Supermarket
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Cohn Wholesale Fruit & Groceries
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Stadium Market
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Cork N Bottle Liquor Store
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Sports Authority
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Midas Auto Service
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