For the San Jose Earthquakes, the team responsible for the “Did you feel that?” marketing slogan a couple seasons ago, the motto has now hit a lot closer to home.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that due to unforeseen conditions at the stadium site, the team is pushing back the opening date of their new stadium to the second half of the 2014 season. With the change in opening date, the team will play eight games at Buck Shaw Stadium, one game at Stanford Stadium and nine games at the new stadium next season.
According to team officials, during the demolition phase, the construction team uncovered numerous concrete vaults deep in the ground, used munitions from the FMC factory, steel beams and hundreds of concrete pilings. Due to the high water table at the site, the excavated vaults also had to be drained of water, causing more delays during the grading process. To drain one of the holes, over 600 tons of rock had to be used.
Photos on the team’s Facebook page showed the degree of the constuction site’s problem. The new stadium site is located on Coleman Avenue in San Jose next to the city’s airport.
“Due to the extraordinary conditions at the stadium site the opening date has been pushed back,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval via team statement. “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.”
Season ticket packages for the still-unnamed stadium will now consist of 18 games, with 17 regular season games and one bonus game.
“We encountered incredibly difficult [and] unforeseen conditions at the stadium site,” said Devcon Construction vice president Peter Copriviza via press release. “With foundations over 10-feet deep, drilled piers, unexpected underground chambers, complicated with a relatively high water table, we have been presented with a series of challenges during both the demolition and grading process.”
“We would like to commend our construction partners for all their efforts despite facing numerous complex conditions at the site,” Kaval said. “They have navigated through some difficult situations and kept us on track for a 2014 opening.”
The Earthquakes are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timber last Saturday.
They return to Buck Shaw stadium this Saturday to take on Chivas USA.