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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Qualcomm Stadium flooding cleared for Navy, San Diego St. in Poinsettia Bowl

By Cindy Boren

Fortunately, Qualcomm Stadium no longer looks this way and the Poinsettia Bowl is on for tonight. (

The playing field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is no longer submerged. Some parking areas are another matter, but the Poinsettia Bowl between Navy and San Diego State is a go.

Workers spent Wednesday night pumping about a million and a half gallons of water -- which arrived in a big storm earlier this week -- out of the stadium and into the San Diego River.

"The field looks beautiful," Bruce Binkowski, the bowl's executive director, said early Thursday morning. "All the water is off. They've actually started to paint the sponsor logo at midfield. That tells you how things are progressing. They're painting the field markings now. All the water is out. It's a miracle."

Well, that may be the optimism of a bowl director talking. Some parking spots remain submerged and he did admit that, "The field may be a little damp and slushy during the game because it's so absorbent down there...."

Qualcomm is also the home of the San Diego Chargers; their last two regular-season games are on the road.


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Navy has to be disappointed that the field was drained, they would have a decided advantage...

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | December 23, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Way to go...I deliberately set that one up!

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 23, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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