The Bay Area has seen its share of new sports stadiums over the past dozen years, with the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park considered by many the crown jewel of professional stadiums. After decades at Candlestick Park, the 49ers will find themselves in a new state-of-the-art stadium in Santa Clara in 2014. One more of the Bay Area's pro sports franchises will have a new home soon. The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer have a new stadium under construction next to San Jose International Airport.
The privately funded and currently unnamed Earthquakes stadium will seat 18,000 when it opens next spring in time for the 2014 season. Construction broke ground last October with a world-record 6,256 people on hand with shovels for the groundbreaking. Stadium construction began in earnest in February and is on a tight timetable in order to be open for the 2014 season.
Th $60-million stadium was designed by 360 Architecture, also responsible for the design of the theorized Oakland Athletics Cisco Field, as well MetLife Stadium, shared by the New York Jets and New York Giants. The stadium costs will be funded by Earthquakes (and Oakland A's) owner Lew Wolff.
The construction job has already taken a few twists and turns, as the previous site was a factory for Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Construction crews have spent a great deal of the previous months demolishing underground vaults and Cold War bomb shelters to clear way for the new stadium. While the current site is less than impressive, featuring thousands of tons of broken concrete, the new stadium project has an interactive element for Earthquakes fans. Those interested will be able to view a series of webcams placed at the site to monitor progress. A 3D virtual map is also available online to help fans imagine what the finished stadium experience will be like.
The stadium area will not only serve as a soccer venue, but also part of greater development for the city of San Jose. The vision for the 74-acre area includes community soccer fields, office space, hotels, and restaurants.
The Earthquakes have played in several sufficient but unremarkable stadiums over the years. Their current residence, Buck Shaw Stadium, is a converted baseball stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. The new San Jose Earthquakes stadium will be a soccer destination for Northern California.
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