San Jose Earthquakes’ stadium build started in record fashion as 6,256 people turned out to assist with the groundbreak.

The Major League Soccer franchise set a Guinness World Record on Sunday afternoon for the largest participatory groundbreaking, paving the way for future construction on the club's 18,000-seat stadium.

The final count of 6,256 participants was considerably high then the previous mark of 4,532 set by a group in Jaipur, India. An official Guinness World Record adjudicator was on site to verify the record.

Supporters began arriving at the venue two hours before the event and entered what will be the club's future playing field, currently a dirt area. Club owner Lew Wolff, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and San Jose city officials dug alongside the thousands of participants for two minutes to secure a spot in the record books.

Club President Dave Kaval said: "This is a landmark day for all Bay Area soccer fans. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this organization. The support from our fans has been tremendous the entire way through this process, but today was something special."

The Earthquakes are currently based at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium and the new venue is set for completion in 2014.

Posted on 21/10/2012