Earthquakes Calling Santa Clara Home

Earthquakes Calling Santa Clara Home

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 26, 2007

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today the club has named Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Stadium as their temporary venue for the majority of the home games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, with an option for 2010.

Of course their ‘big’ games with the LA Galaxy will still be at Oakland’s McAfee Stadium or Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.

The Quakes will also help renovate the stadium to get it up to league standards in some ways. The project will include renovating the full-sized practice field, adding approximately 5,000 temporary seats which will increase stadium capacity to approximately 12,000 seats and installing a portable state-of-the-art digital video board. The project will also reconfigure the lights specifically for soccer and expand the hospitality areas.

Buck Shaw Stadium has also served as a practice site for the Brazilian and Romanian National Teams during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. So it has seen some good soccer in it’s day.

I guess this is a good move for the Quakes. I am not all that familiar with the area so I wouldn’t know if this place will be easily accessed as Spartan Stadium. You Quake fans may be able to let me in on that a bit. But it is nice to see that the Quakes are putting some cash into the place so it isn’t a lowly college venue (I can say that since I know most venue’s for college soccer in this country are less-than-average).