About Skateworld San Diego


Have your next party at Skateworld!


Skateworld is celebrating its 44th anniversary in October and continues to offer the highest quality customer service for all your family entertainment needs. Our biggest goal, even today is to help promote an active lifestyle while embracing the need for family or social activities.

Skateworld San DiegoWe are the only remaining building that was part of the very first American shopping center Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated when it opened in 1941. Originally built as a community meeting and recreation place for military families, this center provided entertainment, workshops, orchestras, and communities meetings (it’s why we have a fireplace!). The dome-shaped building was purposed for camouflage and protection from possible submarine attack. It was built to resemble a hill and had a large green canvas with the ability to cover the entire building and make it blend in with the landscape. It was also built to withstand a direct hit from a submarine, with beams that stretch the entire inside of the dome and more than 9 feet under the ground.

Skateworld San DiegoYears later, the building became a gymnasium for Kearny High School and finally became a grocery store up until Gary Stang reopened it as Skateworld on October 6, 1975. In 1982 Gary built and helped establish all the retail stores around the entire building that you see today, such as Pizza Hut and Check Cashers.

The reason the building stands today is because of Skateworld’s dedication to community growth and remembrance of the World War II era. It has been registered as a historical site and keeps same confirmation it held in WWII by maintaining the original dome structure and any add-ons are distinctly different than the dome.


Gary Stang

Gary Stang : Owner


Skateworld’s Instructors are Certified, Elite-level Coaches who have taught skaters from the very beginning level of skating to U.S. National and World Championship levels. Whether you want to be a proficient social skater, a kick-butt derby player, or an accomplished artistic skater, Skateworld can meet your needs and goals.

Interested in a private lesson? Book with one of our instructors HERE.

Brett Stang

Brett Stang : General Manager / Roller Derby Coach

Christina Stang

Christina Stang : Marketing Manager / Skating Coach

Shelli Douglass

Shelli Douglass : Skating Instructor

Melinda Davis

Melinda Davis : Skating Instructor


At Skateworld, we offer a fully-stocked snack bar, fun-filled game room, and Pro Shop.

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