Chargers renderings of proposed stadium show off state-of-the-art Photoshop lens flare

San Diego Chargers vaportecture porn, everybody!

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.37.48 PMLow_Corner_from_Northwest_credit_MANICA_t1200x62016th_Street_Ground_Level_credit_MANICA_t1200x620chargers4_t1200x620Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.37.10 PM Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.37.21 PM Architect David Manica called the building “soft, friendly, of San Diego,” “like a natural evolution of the downtown architecture.” To this end, it will be surrounded by fluffy clouds, and have beams of light streaming up from the field, either because of a state-of-the-art lighting system or because once the stadium is complete, Jesus will return to perform the Super Bowl halftime show.

There’s also a park that’s described by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “over an earthquake fault,” presumably to get around that pesky “don’t build stadiums on top of earthquake faults” law. That building that appears to be embedded in the stadium wall is the “historic Wonderbread building” currently on the site, which “would be preserved and integrated into the 16th street facade of the project and would be home to local restaurants, cafes, or other active retail components,” addressing the don’t tear down a historic 1894 factory building concerns. Plus a semi-retractable roof, so the boats don’t get wet from all the San Diego rain!

The architects were quick to describe these drawings as “conceptual,” which means “don’t think the actual stadium is necessarily going to look like this” as well as “I can make it longer if you like the style.” It looks fine enough as stadiums go, though I expect that roof will be the first thing to go if costs need to be trimmed. That’s if San Diego voters agree to give it $1.15 billion in bonds in the first place, of course, which remains a longshot, though maybe “old building embedded in outer wall, plus fireworks!!1!” will be enough to win a few more votes.

11 comments on “Chargers renderings of proposed stadium show off state-of-the-art Photoshop lens flare

  1. Fireworks while the sun’s still out LOL. And I thought the Skins’ hypermoon drawing was absurd.

    That aside, the interior looks like a mashup of every NFL stadium built within the last 10-15 years. Also, why exactly does a stadium in San Diego need a retractable roof?

    • So they can actually try to get the Final Fours that everyone has been promising would be possible. After all, it’s “more than a stadium” and they have to compete for non-football events with PETCO park down the street.

  2. Hey look, they included the parking lot in the second picture for all 8 people that are going to be able to park there!

  3. Any reason why the first picture kind of looks like a USB port? Is that a subtle jab at the name chargers?

  4. The “convention center that no one wants there” looks like an In ‘N Out burger sign, (perhaps their design inspiration?), and I was just downtown and there were a LOT of fluffy white clouds floating around…sadly, no fireworks. Can’t wait to see how confused people get with two undecipherable ballot measures allegedly addressing some or all of these things..

  5. Good luck getting a Final Four with that design. Even with the roof closed, that close to the bay the open end design will act as a wind tunnel. Not exactly what the NCAA will be looking for when playing basketball semi-indoors.

  6. The NCAA frowns on windy arenas because it makes it hard to count the massive piles of money the unpaid labor is generating. Side note: Cal stadium in Berkeley sits on a fault line, it pretty much goes from goalpost to goalpost, but they just spent millions to improve and reinforce it.

  7. They forgot the tesla coil (for fake lightning bolts) like the previous render of the Carson Stadium.

  8. I heard a rumor that the boat show is threatening to move to LA if the taxpayers don’t vote to cough up a stack of cash.

  9. These renderings and those for Carson were done by Manica Architecture, who seem to be the industry masters of concept designs. After visiting their website I can’t find a single stadium project that actually became, uh, a stadium. Just lots of drawings. They do list a few “real” stadiums on their site — though those were actually built by Populous (HOK) where David Manica used to work. Since he’s gone out on his own has he actually been the principal architect of an entire stadium project from the ground up?

  10. I love how in Rendering World, there’s never any traffic.

    I want to move to Rendering World.