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|| News Item: Posted 1998-12-05

NFL Stadium Report
San Diego

By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Jack Murphy Stadium (I REFUSE to call any stadium by it's commercial name) is one of those few places that is a joy to work in. The sidelines are generally not over crowded (of course we are talking about the crappy Chargers!), getting to and from the stadium is easy and Ap's Lenny Ignelzi runs one of the best remote operations in the NFL.

If you don't have media parking (Lot G or H, across from the media entrance), pay parking is readily available, but you'll have a bit of a hump to get into the stadium).

The Ap is located on the press box level and you can either take the elevator (the SLOWEST in the NFL, but it's about the only complaint I have) or walk up the ramp. If you are working out of the Ap darkroom at The Murph, Lenny will have a film runner assigned specifically to you. Something I haven't seen anywhere else in the league.

Though the sidelines aren't as crowded as San Francisco or Dallas, the endzones can get cramped because the end line is about 6 feet from the stadium wall. Standing and kneeling is allowed from about the 15 yard line on in.

The new NFL network work area seems to be enforced now after some problems in the preseason.

The light, like all California stadiums, is just screamer in the fall (mid-Oct. to Dec.) and at night games, the exposure is 1/500 @ 2.8-3.5 at asa 640 ... and that's with the DCS520.

To get to The Murph, get onto Friars Road from either Hwy. 8 or 805. If you have media parking, proceed to the inner ring of parking which will be marked "prepaid or passes only"...then just wind your way to Lot G or H. Credential will call is near the media entrance at Gate H. I suggest getting to the stadium about 2 1/2 hours before kick off to avoid traffic jams and beat the tailgaters.

After the game, there are several good restaurants to relax, eat and maybe even have a cold one. Recommendations: Trophies, Gordon Birsch, Seau's and Joe's Crab Shack (all in the Hazzard Center area, about a 5 - 10 minute drive from The Murph).

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