On Friday the San Jose Earthquakes announced that, due to complications at the new stadium’s construction site next to the San Jose International Airport, the venue will open for the 2015 Major League Soccer season.
All 2014 games, which had originally been set to be played at the new venue, will now take place at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
Earthquakes’ President Dave Kaval said that, “due to significant complications at the stadium site, we do not feel certain that we could open the stadium for the 2014 season. Without the certainty that we can open next year, we felt that the best decision would be to move the opening to the start of 2015.” He then went on to say, “We are obviously disappointed, but we are more committed than ever to build a first-class venue that we know our fans deserve.”
Some of the delays, which Kaval mentions, include connecting the stadium to the city sewer system as well as a high water table which slowed the site utility phase.
However, there has been progress with the demolition, grading, and the installation of sites utilities. The footings are currently being installed, then the foundation will be next. The rest of the plan includes the teams’ office buildings which are to be placed in November, then the stadium bowl in late December.