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Qualcomm Stadium GM Feels the Pull of New Jersey

Erik Stover, general manager for Qualcomm Stadium, is resigning from his job effective at the end of February to take the same job at Red Bull Park, a soccer-only stadium under construction in Harrison, N.J., he said Jan. 11.

Stover, 35, is credited with helping convert the city-owned stadium to a massive medevac operation during the October fires, as well as repairing a sometimes strained relationship between the city and its main tenant, the San Diego Chargers.

“The most memorable event was the fires, but I’m most proud of improving the day-to-day operations, including the city’s relationship with the Chargers,” he said.

Stover is returning to his roots. Before taking the Qualcomm job in September 2005, he was assistant vice president at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey.

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Stover also tried to bring in different events to fill up the stadium schedule following the departure of the San Diego Padres in 2003 to Petco Park.

Recently, the city struck an agreement with AEG Live to build an outdoor concert venue at the stadium’s practice field. The first concerts are scheduled for this spring.

, Mike Allen

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