10 Facts About Balboa Stadium


Balboa Stadium is an American football and soccer stadium on the west coast of the United States, located in San Diego, California.

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Balboa Stadium was one of the hotbeds of midget racing starting in about 1937 until the early 1950s.

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Jalopy champions of the SDRA at Balboa Stadium included Glen Hoagland, Jim Wood, Jack Krogh, Harris Mills, Don Ray, and Mondo Iavelli.

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Balboa Stadium hosted local amateur and professional baseball contests in the period prior to the establishment of the Pacific Coast League Padres in 1936.

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Balboa Stadium has been the site of famous races in track and field.

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Balboa Stadium witnessed the Chargers' glory years in the American Football League, which featured such players as John Hadl, Lance Alworth, Jack Kemp, Keith Lincoln, and Ernie Ladd, and hosted the 1961,1963, and 1965 AFL championship games, as well as the 1961,1962, and 1963 AFL All-Star games.

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Balboa Stadium was used for popular music concerts and other public gatherings through the 1960s and 1970s.

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Balboa Stadium landed and was then paraded through the city to the stadium where the crowd had to be held back by 650 US Marines.

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Balboa Stadium was the site of the first match of the NASL Final 1968.

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Balboa Stadium is the site of the annual "Stand Down" program, an outreach to provide services to needy and homeless military veterans, sponsored by the Veterans Village of San Diego.

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