San Diego Concert TicketsSan Diego, the second largest city in California, is also the eighth largest city of the country with a population of over 1.3 million as of 2012. It has a mild climate throughout the year as it is located right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean giving it plenty of beaches and a deep water harbor.
San Diego’s history dates back 10,000 years ago with the Kumeyaay people. It was the first West Coast landing site of European colonizers in 1542, and was originally named San Miguel until it was changed to San Diego by another Spanish explorer in 1602.
Because of its location and history, San Diego’s tourism is a key contributor to its economy, along with international trade and military defense. In 2009, it received over 30 million visitors, injecting $15 billion worth of business. The Valley View Casino Center is the major events venue in San Diego. Previously named the San Diego Sports Arena, this venue is an indoor arena that can hold guests from over 5,000 for stage shows and amphitheatre concerts to over 16,000 for some sporting competitions. It was named the top facility in the country in the 10,000-15,000-seat category in 2000 and in 2007, it was ranked at number 5. It opened in 1966, built through the generosity of local football hero Robert Breitbard. Aside from hosting NBA games and other sports, some of the biggest performers in the country have also held concerts here including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.
San Diego’s Balboa Theatre is a venue that holds much history. It was built in the style of movie palaces in 1924 with a Spanish Revival design that could hold 1,600 viewers, and during the World War II it was used by the US Navy as a residence for its force. In 1996, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places. After a long period of decline and closure, it was bought by the state for restoration and finally re-opened its doors in 2008. The Balboa Theatre boasts of owning one of only five Wonder Morton Organs specifically built for the chain of Loew's Theatre. At the moment, there are only four remaining Wonder Morton Organs left.
The Qualcomm Stadium, also known as The Q, and formerly called the San Diego Stadium and the Jack Murphy Stadium, is the home of the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. It has hosted three Super Bowl games and several MLB games including the 1984 and 1998 World Series. It was built in the 1960s through the efforts of local sportswriter Jack Murphy, specifically configured for both football and baseball games. With an original seating capacity of 50,000, it can now hold over 63,000 guests for baseball and over 70,000 for football. Although mainly a venue for sports, it has also been a venue for major concerts.