San Jose Stadium Getting Roof?

San Jose Stadium Getting Roof?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 27, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • San Jose Stadium, Stadium Talk

With the lack of internet over the weekend I nearly missed this post. Thankfully WVHooligan writer Geoff Reid did not miss out on it. He sent me this post over from CenterLineSoccer about the possible roof that could be on the new San Jose Stadium.

Here is what Jay Hibbs has to say about the roof. Apparently photos will come soon enough for this.

That permanent home has never been far from the minds of the Earthquakes’ front office, though, and on Thursday afternoon I was given a sneak preview of how they envision the team’s future digs. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement.

The images I saw were architectural renderings of what the completed stadium would look like and are currently being used to show prospective sponsors how their brand might be featured in the new facility. These images aren’t just pipe dreams put together by the marketing department, though; these drawings are an accurate representation of the stadium design as it currently exists.

It is, in a word,  beautiful. It wouldn’t look out of place at all in Europe.

The stands are tilted steeply, 20 rows high, and surround the field on three sides, with one end open. A roof — a real live roof, not like the canopies you see in Colorado, Salt Lake City, or the Home Depot Center — covers the seating throughout.

Believe me this is great news of it comes out. Not only does it mean the noise will be kept in, and I know that is good news for Quakes fans who are louder than people give credit for. But it also means it should add some quality stadium atmosphere that we haven’t really seen in MLS before.

Do you like the idea of a roof over the Quakes heads?

  • Cannon Girl

    It'll be awesome when it rains!

  • WTF

    Having a roof is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. They have them in Europe because it rains on them 75% of the season. San Joes gets less than 4&quot; during the MLS season.<br />
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    MLS is a summer league, and the shadows created by the roof are going to make the daytime telecasts unwatchable (sun sets around 8:30p now). Even the apetures on HD cameras don't do well with massive shadows on fields.

  • Cannon Girl

    It’ll be awesome when it rains!

  • Kevin

    WTF makes a good point; watching games on TV even at Gillette Stadium or the HDC in the afternoon are unbearable because of the shadows on the field. I understand that the Quakes want some atmosphere (and the first step to that would be having the two Supporters groups actually sit together, rather than at opposite ends!), but unless they figure out a way to day it where the sun setting will have no effect on a television broadcast, I'm going to remain skeptical.

  • WTF

    Having a roof is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. They have them in Europe because it rains on them 75% of the season. San Joes gets less than 4″ during the MLS season.

    MLS is a summer league, and the shadows created by the roof are going to make the daytime telecasts unwatchable (sun sets around 8:30p now). Even the apetures on HD cameras don’t do well with massive shadows on fields.

  • Kevin

    WTF makes a good point; watching games on TV even at Gillette Stadium or the HDC in the afternoon are unbearable because of the shadows on the field. I understand that the Quakes want some atmosphere (and the first step to that would be having the two Supporters groups actually sit together, rather than at opposite ends!), but unless they figure out a way to day it where the sun setting will have no effect on a television broadcast, I’m going to remain skeptical.