San Jose Stadium Opened Delayed

San Jose Stadium Opened Delayed

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 29, 2013
  • Features, San Jose Stadium

San Jose Earthquake fans will have to wait just a little longer to get their new home.

Due to what the team termed “unforeseen conditions at the stadium site,” the opening date of the new stadium has been pushed back to the second half of the 2014 season. The Quakes will now play eight games in 2014 at Buck Shaw Stadium, one game – presumably on or around July 4 – at Stanford Stadium and nine games at the new stadium.

During the demolition phase, the construction team uncovered obstacles ranging from concrete vaults to used munitions from the FMC factory to steel beams and hundreds of concrete pilings. The vaults presented perhaps the most significant problem, specifically related to drainage issues.

“Due to the extraordinary conditions at the stadium site the opening date has been pushed back,” Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said in a press release. “Our ownership group and organization is committed to building a world-class venue for our fans and to creating the true epicenter of soccer in the Bay Area. We feel that a second-half opening ensures that we accomplish that goal, while giving our team a strong home schedule for the best situation competitively.”

At least for the Quakes they won’t have to go out and play six to ten games on the road like some clubs have done in the past when opening up a new stadium.