San Jose Earthquakes has announced the first step of the construction process for their brand new soccer-specific stadium.

On March 3, demolition teams will pull down a former chemical factory and begin clearing the site that is on the outskirts of Mineta San Jose International Airport. The club plan to launch the demolition with a special ceremony that will give supporters a real buzz.

Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said: "We’re excited about it. We’re not all the way there yet, but the thing is, we’re starting to build that momentum back."

The preliminary works are expected to take 12 weeks to complete and the club hope to move into their new 15,000-seater stadium at some point during the 2012 Major League Soccer season. Unlike many US stadium projects no public money will be used.

Furthermore Lewis Wolff, the Earthquakes owner, has offered to pay for the maintenance of the stadium for a fifty-five-year time span. However the club is still searching for a naming-rights sponsor for the venue.

San Jose currently play their matches at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University in California.

Posted on 17/02/2011