San Jose Earthquakes Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes play at home at Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose, California. The stadium has a capacity of about 18,00 fans. The field was created with inspiration from European fields, and holds the steepest seating arrangement in the MLS. Taking about 3 years to construct, this stadium cost $100 million.
In 2007, the San Jose Earthquakes put in a proposal for a new stadium. Earthquakes Stadium was under construction from 2012 to 2015 and opened for business in February 2015. Originally named Avaya Stadium, it was renamed to Earthquakes Stadium in 2020. Prior to playing in Earthquakes Stadium, the Quakes played at Buckshaw Stadium, the soccer venue at Santa Clara University.
The stadium was designed to have a canopy roof for the purpose of keeping the field well lit. The seats are a variety of blue colors meant to show the diversity both on the field and in the fan base. The first game in the stadium was played against the LA Galaxy in a preseason friendly match. The first league game was against the Chicago Fire. The Quakes won both games!
Earthquakes Stadium holds a lot of important features and has some that are highly unique. The field is natural grass, which is preferred by many professional soccer players to turf. The stadium also has a cheering section behind the western goal called the Supporter's Terrace. This is where the Ultras, the Quakes cheering section, are located. There is also another cheering section called The Faultline behind the eastern goal
The stadium holds the largest outdoor bar in North America, spanning 310 feet behind the eastern goal. The bar has a surface of 360 degrees, and has room for 45 beer taps. Behind this, there is a patch of grass for fans to sit in while they eat; the bar has a massive screen above it that shows the game on both sides. The club allows food trucks to come into the stadium during games, and announces before the game which trucks will be there. This is one of the main sources of food for fans in the stadium.
Another unique aspect of the stadium is the built in seismograph. When the stadium was being developed, a seismograph was added into the building to monitor fan noise and movement. The club tracks seismic moments of when the crowd cheers loud enough for the seismograph to register a small earthquake.
How many fans can Earthquakes Stadium hold?
Earthquakes stadium has a capacity of around 18,000 fans. This is because the end of the stadium is open to allow room for the outdoor bar. If need be, the stadium could be rearranged to close that end and allow for more seating. This would increase the capacity to around 24,000 fans.
What is the point of the stadium seismograph?
The stadium has a seismograph built into it to monitor movement within the stadium. The club tracks when the seismograph is activated and calls these occasions "seismic moments." The moments occur when the fans in the stadium are cheering loudly. On the Quakes website, they have a list of top seismic events, showing that these events occur most often after the Quakes score or win a game. One of the top moments came in the 2020 season when Oswaldo Alanis scored a late-game free kick.
How big is the outdoor bar at Earthquakes Stadium?
The outdoor bar that sits behind the easter goal is about 310 feet wide. The bar serves in 360 degrees, so the entire surface around is usually filled with fans. The bar has room for 45 different taps, and has a massive screen sitting above it, with a view of the game for both the people in the stands and for people sitting behind the bar on the grass. During the 2020 season, the Quakes hosted drive-in parties where fans could sit in their cars and watch the game on this screen.