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Kaiser Permanente officially becomes Founding Partner of the soon-to-be open Snapdragon Stadium. 

San Diego State University Athletics confirmed the news this week, announcing a five-year agreement with the health care company to enhance their long-time partnership. 

SDSU's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics says the school is excited about this move, as it will continue to maximize the collaborations between both parties involved to create opportunities for San Diego. 

"I'm very excited to have our long-time partner Kaiser Permanente invest in Bashor Field at Snapdragon Stadium and Thrive Park," said John David Wicker, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at San Diego State University.  "This partnership will allow us to continue building on community initiatives that our two organizations have invested in over the years and allow us to create additional opportunities to better serve the San Diego community."

In the agreement reached between SDSU and Kaiser, both sides agreed to grant full naming rights to the the health care company to introduce Kaiser Permanente Thrive Park. This area is a section of artificially-installed grass zones located to the west side of Snapdragon Stadium. This section will not only be utilized on game days, but will also be available for recreational activities and community events throughout the calender year. 

Furthermore, Kaiser Permanente will also have their branding on the northeast gate of the stadium where the student entrance is located, which is also the area where food trucks and other activities will be held on game days. 

Jane Finley, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente San Diego, said that both parties involved share the same passion for the community of San Diego, which is why she believes that this partnership will thrive as they continue to invest in this exciting project. 

"Kaiser Permanente and San Diego State Athletics share a common passion for the health and well-being of our San Diego community," said Jane Finley. "Our founding partnership allows Kaiser Permanente help San Diegans thrive, by supporting the myriad of activities that will take place in and around Snapdragon stadium year-round."

Snapdragon Stadium is scheduled to be completed by September 3, when the SDSU Aztecs host the Wildcats from the University of Arizona in their season opener. 

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