Yes, you did see Marshall Faulk and Raquel Welch on the trolley—courtesy of SDSU.
First the trolley came to San Diego State University. Now SDSU has come to the trolley.
San Diego’s distinctive light rail transit system recently debuted an Aztec-inspired trolley on the Green Line, which traverses the SDSU station on the Old Town-Santee route.
The special “Aztec for Life” trolley has been “wrapped” with super-sized images of 26 SDSU faculty, students (including NROTC student Shelley House) and notable alums (including Tony Gwynn, Marshall Faulk, Raquel Welch, Marion Ross, Stephen Strasburg and Ralph Rubio). Through its partnership with MTS, San Diego State was able to have a trolley wrapped for the cost of the art.
Rolled out in August, the trolley made a special trip to the SDSU station on Saturday, Sept. 4, just in time to carry the drum line, marching band, cheer team, Aztec Warrior and spirited students to the Aztec Football home opener at Qualcomm Stadium.
It will also provide transport for lifetime members of the SDSU Alumni Association to an exclusive Aztec for Life event at the Old Town Mexican Café on Thursday, Oct. 14. Many of the Aztec VIPs whose images appear on the trolley will participate in the event, which kicks off Homecoming 2010.
The Aztec for Life trolley, celebrating the 100,000-plus alumni who contribute to San Diego’s thriving economy, is also a reminder of SDSU’s significance as the oldest and largest university in the region.
The phrase “Aztec for Life” was popularized by SDSU football legend Marshall Faulk. Last year the university used the term to theme its annual SDSU Month celebration, and it has gained momentum from there.
“Being an Aztec is not just about going to school at SDSU,” said SDSU Alumni Association Director Jim Herrick. “Being an Aztec is about being connected to San Diego. It’s about being a part of something much greater than yourself. SDSU alumni are the fabric of the San Diego region. Teachers, nurses, engineers, entrepreneurs, star athletes and actors. We’re all Aztecs for life.”For information on the Oct. 14 event and to become a lifetime member of the SDSU Alumni Association, visit www.sdsualumni.org