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Feeding Fans at the New Snapdragon Stadium

Shawn Walchef outside the Cali BBQ location at Snapdragon Stadium at SDSU Mission Valley

Eat Cali BBQ and other great local San Diego food at SDSU Mission Valley Stadium

Cali BBQ at Snapdragon Stadium includes barbecue, sides, and dessert

Cali BBQ Media Founder Shawn P. Walchef (@shawnpwalchef) is a San Diego native who loves sports almost as much as his hometown.

When it came time to select the food vendors for the new Snapdragon Stadium, a brand new multipurpose stadium and home of the San Diego State Aztecs football team, Shawn and his entire team at Cali BBQ were incredibly grateful to be included.

“We have been training for 15 years for this,” Shawn said about Cali BBQ being served in the new stadium.

On August 20, Snapdragon Stadium held its first preseason football game. Albeit a scrimmage, Cali BBQ was in midseason form in the stadium’s north stand. The first official game was Sept. 3, 2022.

“We can’t wait to serve San Diego sports fans, event fans, and concert fans,” says Shawn Walchef.

The Cali BBQ stadium location provides stadium-goers with an array of slow-smoked barbecue options, including popular items like smoked pork ribs and brisket (which you can watch being made on social media). The menu is rounded out with classic BBQ sandwich options and sides, as well as flavorful wings from Cali Wings, with a variety of flavors to try.

Slow Food — Fast

Slow Food — Fast” is the slogan that Walchef and company employ to personify their thesis of Digital Hospitality, and that will remain intact in Snapdragon stadium as they set a goal of having fans and event goers enjoy great food without having to miss what they bought tickets to enjoy.

“We don’t want people waiting in long lines like you typically do for barbecue,” explains Shawn of Cali BBQ’s plans for serving slow-smoked barbecue quickly and easily. “We want to get barbecue to your seats.”

Cali BBQ is one of ten inaugural hospitality partners at Snapdragon Stadium that are all near and dear to the hearts of San Diego residents. Food options at the SDSU Mission Valley Stadium include Batch & Box, Best Pizza and Brew, Cali BBQ, The Crack Shack, Everbowl, Gaglione Brothers, Hodad’s, Sandbar, Tarantino’s, and The Taco Stand.

03 November 2021: San Diego State University announces the initial eight hospitality partners for the new Aztec Stadium at SDSU Mission Valley. During the “Meet and Eat” event, representatives from the hospitality partners provided samples of their food. (Credit: Derrick Tuskan/San Diego State)

“These are brands that I grew up admiring, grew up loving. The fact that now we’re friends in this hospitality circle is really exciting!”


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What to Eat at Snapdragon Stadium

With a focus toward the San Diego’s robust food palate, Snapdragon Stadium is home to ten inaugural hospitality partners with deep-rooted ties to the San Diego community. are all featured food partners providing unparalleled dining options in our new home stadium.

Snapdragon Stadium’s hospitality partners are represented in 30 unique neighborhoods across San Diego.

The Crack Shack

San Diego Locations: Encinitas; Little Italy

Speciality: Fried chicken and egg fare

The Taco Stand

San Diego Locations: Downtown; Encinitas; La Jolla; North Park

Speciality: Authentic handmade tacos


San Diego Locations: Downtown; Ocean Beach

Speciality: World’s greatest burgers

Best Pizza and Brewing

San Diego Locations: Cardiff; Mira Mesa; Oceanside; Vista

Speciality: Pizza by San Diegans, for San Diegans

Cali BBQ

San Diego Locations: Barrio Logan; Spring Valley

Speciality: Slow-cooked San Diego BBQ

Gaglione Bros

San Diego Locations: Mission Valley; Point Loma

Speciality: Famous steaks and subs

Batch & Box

San Diego Locations: Del Mar

Speciality: Extraordinary cookie experiences


San Diego Locations: Carlsbad; Carmel Valley; Downtown – Petco Park; Elijio Hills; Encinitas; Escondido; Mission Valley; Oceanside; Pacific Highlands Ranch; Poway; Rancho Bernardo; Rancho Penasquitos; San Marcos; Santee; Scripps Ranch; SDSU; Tierrasanta

Speciality: Craft acai bowls + superfood

Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill

San Diego Locations: Mission Beach

Speciality: Authentic SoCal food and culture


San Diego Locations: Otay Mesa

Speciality: Gourmet sausages

Other Choices:

Michelob Ultra Classics (fan favorite food)

The Market (cold beer, drinks, snacks, and more)

Locals Only (San Diego craft beer tap stands)

Snap-O-Razzzo Hot Dogs (old school hot dogs)

Lemonade Orchard (drinks)

Food trucks (rotating roster of San Diego food trucks)

Aztec Stadium “Meet and Eat” featured Cali BBQ, and more San Diego restaurant companies.

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