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Key information for fans attending the game at Qualcomm Stadium

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Posted Sep 18, 2009

    The AFC North’s Ravens were a Wild Card Playoff entry in 2008 and advanced to the AFC Championship Game where they lost, 23-14, to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. An 11-5 squad a year ago, the Ravens opened the 2009 season with a 38-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Chargers posted a late fourth-quarter 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Raiders in Oakland on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

    The San Diego Chargers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium.

    In celebration of the team’s 50th Anniversary season, Chargers Founding Owner Barron Hilton (1960-65) will serve as the game’s hon- orary captain and will conduct the coin toss.

    Key information for fans attending games at Qualcomm Stadium:
    Kick-off: 1:15 PM PST

    • The parking lot opens at 9:00 AM and is expected to fill and close by 11:30 PM. Vehicles with pre-purchased parking permits can enter the parking lot five hours prior to kickoff.
    • If driving, please research alternative traffic routes. Interstate 15 is the most congested traffic route to Qualcomm Stadium.
    • Carpool and arrive early or take the San Diego Trolley (www.sdcommute.com).
    • The MTS Chargers Express Bus is available from five convenient Park & Ride locations in San Diego. Visit www.sdmts.com for more information.
    • Fans in North County can take the Go Chargers North County Express Coach with coastal and inland departure routes.
    • For fans coming from Orange and Los Angeles counties, take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner with transfers to the stadium via the San Diego Trolley from Old Town.
    • Glass bottles and containers are not allowed inside the stadium parking lot.
    • Get to the entry gates by 12:30 PM in preparation for bag inspection and search procedures. Every fan entering Qualcomm Stadium will be subject to a “pat-down” search in an effort to assure a safe and enjoyable game-day experience.
    • At the gates, all tickets are scanned to ease entry and deter counterfeit tickets.
    • Per City of San Diego ordinance, Qualcomm Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not allowed inside the stadium.
    • Fans can pledge to be a designated driver for each home game at locations inside the Chargers Power Party, near Elevators 1, 2, 4 and at Ramp P. Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.
    • Fans will find the most up-to-date game-day information at www.chargers.com.
    Transportation to the Game
    MTS Chargers Express BusThe San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will continue its popular Chargers Express service for the 2009 season. Special MTS Chargers Express buses whisk fans in and out of the stadium with no traffic or parking hassle (the buses have a dedicated entrance for quick entry and exit)! Enjoy a stress-free commute to most regular season home games on the MTS Chargers Express buses.
    MTS Chargers Express buses will operate from five convenient locations:

    • Spring Street Trolley Station (north of Hwy 94 on Spring Street)
    • Governor Dr. & Hwy 805 Park & Ride
    • Kearny Mesa Traffic Court (Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Complex Street)
    • Mira Mesa Park & Ride (I-15 & Mira Mesa Blvd.)
    • Chula Vista High School (820 4th Ave.) at the "K" St. parking lot
    Boarding starts two hours before game time; last bus leaves 45 minutes before game time. Buses depart stadium 20 minutes after game ends. Buy your $10 round-trip when you board the bus. Exact change is required. For more information call 5-1-1 or visit www.sdmts.com

    Go Chargers North County Express Coach
    Football fans residing in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Escondido will be able to board local charter buses arranged by SEAT Planners at the same locations used by North County Transit District. The new service will use buses with reclining seats and other comfortable amenities well-suited for highway travel for all Chargers home games.
    I-5 Coastal Route Departures

    • Oceanside Transit Center (Departs 10:50 AM)
    • Plaza Camino Real (near Sears) (Departs 11:05 AM)
    • La Costa Park & Ride (Departs 11:25 AM)
    • Birmingham Park & Ride (Departs 11:40 AM)
    I-15 & Inland Route Departures

    • Escondido Transit Center (Departs 11:05 AM)
    • Felicita Park and Ride (Departs 11:15 AM)
    • Beethoven & Bear Valley Pkwy Park and Ride (Departs 11:30 AM)
    Buses depart the stadium 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Round-trip fare is $25 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Go to http://ticketderby.com to purchase tickets.
    All purchases are final. Persons who have impaired mobility that require special transportation accommodations are welcome by providing advance notice by either calling 619.921.5011 or sending an email to: chargersnorthcountyexpress@seatplanners.com at least 24 hours in advance and providing contact information.
    The San Diego Trolley
    The San Diego Trolley is the number-one mode of transportation to the stadium. Fans can ride the Trolley on the Green Line between Old Town and Santee before and after all games. Charger fans will have increased options along the Green Line from the East County, including:
    · El Cajon Transit Center (Main St. at Marshall)
    · Grossmont Transit Center (8601 Fletcher Parkway at Grossmont Center Dr.)
    · Grantville (I-8 at Mission Gorge)
    Fans can also pick up the Trolley at:
    · Hazard Center (parking is free on Hazard Center’s lower level, corner of Friars Road and Frazee)
    · Old Town Transit Center (Pacific Highway at Taylor Street)
    The Green Line begins running three hours before kickoff. Buy a $5 Day Tripper pass at ticket vending machines before boarding. Day Tripper passes are also sold in advance at The Transit Store at 1st and Broadway or by visiting the eStore at www.sdmts.com. For more information on the San Diego Trolley, visit www.sdmts.com or call 5-1-1.

    Amtrak Chargers Express
    Book your trip online at Amtrak.com or at staffed Amtrak stations and make round-trip reservations to Old Town. Use code V721 to receive rail fare on Amtrak, plus a direct stadium transfer on the San Diego Trolley. Simply show the trolley operator your Amtrak ticket stub with Old Town as the origin or destination station. Eligible gamedays are September 20, September 27, October 19, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 20, and January 3. Eligible Amtrak departure stations are Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, and Solana Beach. Please note this offer cannot be booked via telephone.
    Fans should take trains 768 (arrives Old Town at approximately 12:20pm) or trains 774 (arrives Old Town at approximately 3:00pm) or trains 578 (arrives Old Town at approximately 4:40pm) and plan on returning via train 587,591, 595 or 597. Train 597 will hold at station Old Town Transit Center 1 hour after the game is over or until 10:00 pm, whichever comes first. (See official timetable)
    Driving to the Game
    For fans that must drive to the stadium, they are urged to carpool and arrive early. We strongly encourage fans to arrive at least two hours before game time. As usual, there will be heavy congestion around the stadium and avoid the congestion on Interstate 15 South. Fans traveling south to the stadium are recommended to take 163 South to Friars Road East, or take Interstate 8 to Qualcomm Way which also leads to Friars Road East.

    The stadium parking lot opens four hours prior to kickoff. Vehicles with pre-purchased parking permits can enter the parking lot five hours prior to kickoff. The parking lot can be expected to reach capacity and close an hour or more before kickoff.
    Overflow parking will be available at the Chicago Title building (corner of Friars Road and Northside Drive), San Diego State University, Mission Valley Marriott Hotel and the Town and Country Hotel. Overflow lots vary in price.

    With the parking lot expected to fill early, fans are reminded that tailgating is allowed only in their own parking space. Police will issue citations to fans whose tailgate parties infringe on neighboring parking spaces or parties which block sidewalk and pedestrian areas. Fans are also reminded that glass bottles are not allowed in the parking lot.

    Entering the Stadium
    Gates to the stadium will open at 11:00 AM. Club seat and luxury suite ticket holders will be admitted beginning at 10:00 AM. In order to be in their seats in time for the 1:15 PM kickoff, fans should arrive at the stadium gates by 12:30 PM.

    Gameday…The Right Way!
    The Chargers are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans, both in the stadium and in the parking lot. We want all fans attending our games to enjoy the experience in a responsible fashion.
    Fans who demonstrate inappropriate and disruptive behavior, including the following, are subject to ejection and season ticket holders risk losing their season ticket account and/or parking privileges for:
    · Excessive consumption of alcohol
    · Obscene, offensive or abusive language or actions
    · Fighting, or otherwise dangerous, abusive or profane behavior
    · Unruly or inconsiderate behavior
    · Indecent exposure or undressing
    · Wearing obscene or indecent clothing
    · Smoking inside the stadium
    · Scalping or other improper resale of tickets
    · Interfering with security procedures
    · Interfering with the progress of the game, going onto the field or throwing any object onto the field or on the stadium premises.
    · Any action warranting eviction and/or confiscation of game tickets by SDPD or stadium security.
    Event patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons using their tickets. Even if season ticket holders give away or sell their tickets to a game, the account holder is accountable for the actions of those using the tickets. Accounts can be forfeited partially or entirely for violations of the Code of Conduct.
    Event patrons and guests will be subject to ejection without refund and potential loss of ticket privileges for future games for violations of the Code of Conduct.
    The San Diego Chargers and Qualcomm Stadium thank you for adhering to our Fan Code of Conduct. Let’s all enjoy Gameday...the right way!
    Fans can report fan conduct issues from their cell phone or mobile device by texting “Boltsfan” (space) your issue and location to 41513. Standard SMS text rates may apply.
    No Smoking
    As per San Diego Municipal Code, Qualcomm Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is prohibited inside all areas of Qualcomm Stadium. There are no longer designated smoking areas inside the stadium. Fans who continue to smoke inside the stadium will be subject to fines and ejection.
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007
    I was going to get my smoke on and my drink on this sunday, looks like I can only get my drink on.
  3. Layne

    Layne Banned Banned

    Jan 18, 2008
    It's still ok to smoke in the parking lot right?
  4. vmax

    vmax BoltTalker

    Sep 26, 2009
    has anyone tried taking the chargers express buses? Wanted to know how smoothly they get in and out. The parking lot seems more difficult this year than in the past. Thanks.
  5. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    Smoking is still allowed in the parking lot, just don't have a glass bottle in your hand at the same time.

    As far as I have seen, the buses seem to come in and out at will, no problems there. If I knew someone that takes the bus, I would be able to get a direct response.

    Pointy :icon_twisted:
  6. Skuzzlebutt

    Skuzzlebutt BoltTalker

    Jan 10, 2007
    The one from Mira Mesa is a breeze.
  7. vmax

    vmax BoltTalker

    Sep 26, 2009
    Thanks, I am giong to try the clairemont bus tomorrow and see how it goes.
  8. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Why take the bus right to the stadium? Just take one to a trolley stop and ride the trolley in.

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