SAN DIEGO – As motocross slowly gained popularity in America in the ’70s and ’80s, it gained a foothold at the now-defunct Qualcomm Stadium in Southern California.
There, San Diegans and the world were introduced to the “El Cajon Zone”, which included locals Brock Glover, Rick Johnson and Ron Laschin.
“It was fun for all the El Cajon boys to dominate here, and we didn’t want anyone to come to our ground and (win),” Glover said.
At one point, all of them were ranked as some of the top riders in the world.
“They used to ask us questions all the time, like ‘What is this? Is it water or what is there?'” Glover said. “It was kind of a competition if one man sets the bar and another man comes along. And it makes me realize how good I need to be and if I need to be as good as him, it will take me to the top.”
It’s one thing to be a major icon in a game, but making it at home with friends and family cheering from Qualcomm was something Glover always admired.
“You had a lot of friends and family, even before the race if the pit area was open and they would come and say good luck or say hello to you,” he said, “and there were people you went to school with, elementary And with high school and here in the San Diego area of the sport of motocross and supercross there was really strong support from fans.”
“This was our life and it was a stop along the way,” said Molly, Glover’s wife. “It wasn’t like it was Qualcomm.”
His children also remember the stadium well.
“It’s sad to see it go but I mean there’s going to be new stuff here [and] It’s going to go on,” son Dene said.
Betty Jesse said, “It was great to walk into the stadium and be so excited, like, ‘We’re going to go see monster trucks or see supercross racers. “It’s weird to see what little part is left. It’s like, ‘What happened?’ It was such a big stadium and now it’s almost gone.”
With as many memories as the Glovers has, they’re hoping that whatever comes next, he’ll keep doing the same.
“San Diego has a lot to offer for people to come here and have a sporting event,” Glover said. “I hope the stadium deserves San Diego.”
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