The Sports Deck
"When there's no room to build out...build up." That's the mantra of modern-day engineers and contractors and is something San Diego State took to heart when designing its soccer/track facility. The two year-old, $13 million SDSU Sports Deck sits atop the university's newest two-story parking structure (PS 5). The facility is located at 55th Street and Montezuma Avenue at the site of the old Choc Sportsman Oval.
The Sports Deck serves as the home for the men's and women's soccer programs as well as the SDSU women's track team. The track team competes on the Choc Sportsman Oval which surrounds the soccer field.
The playing turf for soccer is a state-of-the-art natural grass surface with a built in automatic-drainage system. The facility features an all-weather track and was the site of the 2001 Mountain West Conference track and field championships.
The stadium seats about 1,000 people. The facility includes an electronic message/scoreboard, which is utilized for both soccer and track events. Future plans call for the facility to be lighted for night contests and seating capacity to be increased.
The first official NCAA event was held at the Sports Deck on August 25, 2000, when the Aztec women's soccer team faced Mississippi in its season opener. SDSU won that match, 2-1.
The first men's soccer contest at the site was held on Sept. 1, 2000, versus Christian Heritage. SDSU took that match, 5-0, making the occasion the facility's first shutout.
(The facility was dedicated on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, during a men's and women's doubleheader.)