I’ve had a lot of great experiences in Qualcomm Stadium over the years. When I was a kid, and it was called Jack Murphy Stadium, I used to go to Padres games that would conclude with fireworks and a set from the Beach Boys. I’ve taken the place over for a photo shoot with the San Diego Chicken. I’ve shot four years of Chargers football from the field. And I’ve seen what it’s like when a season begins and a season ends.

But flying over it was a special experience. I shared a photo previously, of a wide view of the stadium. This image takes a closer look at the patterns caused by the seats, the field and afternoon shadows. The picture is also a marked contrast to this poignant aerial photo, by the Union-Tribune’s K.C. Alfred, of the stadium flooded earlier this year.

This image is part of a collection from a recent helicopter flight over San Diego. For more aerial images, check out the related links on the left side of this post.

Please contact Sam Hodgson directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/samuelhodgson.

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out his work...

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