City announces plan and developers who will rebuild Sports Arena site

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer Saturday detailed plans to redevelop the Sports Arena

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer Saturday detailed plans to redevelop the Sports Arena site, officially announcing what developers will tackle the project.

According to Faulconer, the plan incorporates a mix of entertainment, housing, and parks.

“The vision for this property is for a world-class arena, park space and amenities,” Faulconer said. “A new arena has always been a priority of mine, and it’s the right time.”

Brookfield Housing and ASM Global were chosen to construct the new arena and thousands of housing units, beating out the other finalist, Toll Brothers Housing.

The redevelopment area encompasses roughly 48 acres in the Midway-Pacific Highway Community area. At the press conference, representatives from the Gulls and the Seals spoke, saying they’re excited for their teams to play in the new space.

Faulconer said the city’s goal is to include a new arena to replace Pechanga Arena.

“The vision for this property is for a world-class arena, park space and amenities,” Faulconer said. “A new arena has always been a priority of mine, and it’s the right time.”

The city also released several renderings of the planned development.

Leaders said they are now looking toward November when Measure E will be on the ballot. This will determine if the 30-foot maximum height for buildings will remain, or if it will be raised. This will impact how tall the new facilities will be.

San Diego Loyal SC, which had plans to build a modular soccer stadium at the site, commented on the announcement following the news conference.

“Though the news from the city today felt like a punch in the gut, years being married to the sport of soccer has taught me that sometimes you can win on the field and not get the result that matters. I have also learned that tomorrow will come, and we will rise again,” said SD Loyal President Warren Smith.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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