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San Jose Earthquakes stadium delayed until 2015

The Major League Soccer San Jose Earthquakes suffered another setback today with their new stadium construction that will push back the opening one year.

The Earthquakes had hoped to move to their new 18,000-seat stadium for the 2014 season. As I’ve written before, the Earthquakes’ snakebitten construction project hit delays in July when workers uncovered large concrete bunkers during demolition. Now the team has cited unexpected complexities in connecting the stadium to San Jose’s sewer system.  This team cannot catch a break.

I expect the Quakes will continue to play in their current home, Buck Shaw Stadium, as they await progress on their stadium. Not great news for a team that continues to slip down the table in the Western Conference. Happy Friday the 13th Earthquakes fans.

Stadium Crawl Weekend Reading

Some of America’s most renown sports franchises announced stadium and arena news this week. Here are a few stories of my own and links to others. Now grab a cold one, put your feet up and enjoy.

AT&T New Official Sponsor of Cowboys Stadium ESPN 
The Dallas Cowboys and AT&T announced a multiyear deal to rename Cowboys Stadium, AT&T Stadium, effectively immediately.

Madison Square Garden Needs to Move Stadium Crawl
The iconic Manhattan arena, home to the Rangers and Knicks, has a decade to find a new location.  Tick Tock.

Bankruptcy won’t halt new NHL Detroit Red Wings Arena CNN Money
Although the City hit a rough patch, plans are moving ahead for a $444 million hockey arena for their beloved Red Wings.

MLS DC United Stadium receives mayor’s backing Stadium Crawl
The MLS DC United unveiled renderings of their new stadium this week.  The good news – the mayor and City Council support it.

Wrigley Field $500 million renovation includes Jumbotron  USA Today
New construction at the 99-year young beauty will improve the clubhouses, training facilities and install a 5,700-square feet Jumbotron.   I’m all for modernization, but a Jumbotron, at Wrigley?  Really!

San Jose Earthquakes Stadium Journey

The new MLS San Jose Earthquakes stadium opens in 2014

The new MLS San Jose Earthquakes stadium opens in 2014

For some teams, building a new stadium is straightforward process. For the Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes, calling it saga may be putting it mildly.

It took the Quakes  15 years to clear a variety of hurdles including land acquisition issues and even a temporary hiatus imposed by the league itself, but in October 21, 2012 they broke ground on their new stadium adjacent to San Jose International Airport – finally.

The Earthquakes (formerly the San Jose Clash) called Spartan Stadium home from 1996 through 2005. A great little football stadium, Spartan Stadium is tiny for soccer standards and tired by today’s stadium standards. With low attendance plaguing the team, MLS put the team on unpaid leave.

MLB Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff purchased the team in 2008 with an exclusive option for an MLS team to play in San Jose in large part to the promises made to build a permanent, soccer-only facility. After the Earthquakes returned to the MLS again, this time playing at Buck Shaw Stadium, they found their site near the Airport. But things didn’t go as easily as the Quakes had hoped.

The team held a demolition ceremony at the stadium site on March 3, 2011 to kick off a twelve week demolition on the site in advance of construction. Eight months later, on December 14, 2011, the San Jose planning commission approved the permit for stadium construction, but local residents appealed to halt the stadium.  That’s right, more delays.  It wasn’t until February when the commission heard the appeal and voted unanimously to reject the appeal and finalize the approval of the construction permit. Now, Bay Area soccer fans could stop dreaming and focus on their new digs for 2014.

The team held yet another groundbreaking, but this time with the help of their fans.. The team and their fans set a Guinness World record for the largest participatory groundbreaking with over 6256 people digging madly and avenging years of frustration.

The Quakes launched a live web cam, although by the looks of things the action must be happening off camera.  Their New Stadium blog provides updates on the project progress, and it appears they’re focused on digging up the old foundation. The Quakes new stadium will finally give this team and their fans a sense of security.

Are those tumbleweeds?

Are those tumbleweeds?