A rendering from the San Diego State University’s Mission Valley site plan showing the proposed clock tower and Aztecs Stadium in the distance. Courtesy SDSU

San Diego State University President Adela de la Torre issued a statement Wednesday thanking faculty, alumni and supporters for the victory on Measure G and promised that construction would begin in 2020.

The measure authorizing negotiations with the city for sale of the former Qualcomm Stadium site was approved Tuesday with a 54.55 percent “yes” vote, though hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted.

“I want to thank each of you for your faithful and enthusiastic support of our SDSU Mission Valley vision,” de la Torre said. “Our plan provides the opportunity for SDSU to build a world class university research and innovation district, a community river park, housing and a new multi-use stadium.”

She said university representatives would meet with city officials to discuss the next steps. “We are prepared to begin negotiations immediately with the goal of finalizing the sale in 2019 and beginning construction in 2020,” she said.

The university’s plans call for a 35,000-seat football stadium, commercial and residential space, a river park and a campus extension.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.