Earthquakes break ground on new training complex

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by athletics68, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Quakes are breaking ground Thursday on their new training complex at the FMC (Airport West) site. The $1.2 million training complex is the first development on the 64 acre site near downtown SJ and the SJ Airport. Additionally the stadium's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be going before the SJ city council for final approval in March. The EIR is required in California, like anywhere, to make sure our stadium doesn't squish any birds, etc...

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14283051
     
  2. The Devil's Architect

    Feb 10, 2000
    The American Steppe
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    An EIR/EIS is required, generally, anywhere public funds are committed to a construction project or raw land is developed for platting
     
  3. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sounds like the EIR is basically done.
     
  4. oofinalheavenoo

    Oct 30, 2006
    Daly City, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I really hope so. If we get an SSS, we are going to be for real!
     
  5. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    That's a good quesiton, how does this relate to getting an actual stadium?
     
  6. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's the first development on the Airport West property (the stadium land) by the Earthquakes. As for the EIR it should be the last little government hoop to be jumped through. It's not a big one and the odds of any issues are almost nil, but it would be the last one.
     
  7. guamster

    guamster Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    Winnetka, CA
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Guam
    Quakes to create training field at Airport West site (Centerlinesoccer):

     
  8. damexicancrazy@$$guy

    Jan 22, 2010
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I still don't understand why they would build a 15 000 seat stadium instead of a 20 000 seat one.:confused:
     
  9. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Because they can more easily fill a 15,000 seat one. They'd rather have a smaller full stadium than a larger 1/4 to 1/2 empty one. And while it is a 15,000 permanent seat stadium it also has room for over 3,000 temp seats/standing room tickets as well for those times they need/want to pack 18,000 in.
     
  10. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Neither do I. :(


    -G
     
  11. SoccerMan94043

    SoccerMan94043 Member+

    May 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How about 15K that is easily expandable to 20K?
     
  12. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well it's currently 15k with room for 18k and with the open end can be expanded to 18k permanently some day should the need or desire arise.
     
  13. cpwilson80

    cpwilson80 Member+

    Mar 20, 2001
    Boston
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Supply and demand.

    Glad to see the Quakes putting down roots in San Jose. And, with regards to the stadium construction, I thought this was telling:

    If the option only lasts until 2013, stadium construction should start sooner rather than later.
     
  14. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well the option goes into effect when shovels start turing earth, specifically on the stadium I believe. So technically they have til 2013 to start construction. That's assuming the practice field doesn't engage the option.
     
  15. cpwilson80

    cpwilson80 Member+

    Mar 20, 2001
    Boston
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gotcha, thanks for the update.
     
  16. guamster

    guamster Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    Winnetka, CA
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Guam
    [​IMG]

    Earthquakes to construct Amway Global Training Facility

     
  17. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  18. acreach1

    acreach1 Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Except it's not raw land and there are no public funds...:)
     
  19. sitruc

    sitruc Member+

    Jul 25, 2006
    Virginia
    Is the training "complex" or "facility" simply a single grass field? That wording has been a bit strange to me. It seems there will be a natural surface with the potential to build more in the future, but I haven't seen many details. Are there any physical buildings or portable toilets?
     
  20. KMJvet

    KMJvet Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 26, 2001
    Quake Country
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes, it does seem a bit vague. My impression is the field is a rush job, but that it'll be done well and be a first class field. There are just too many scheduling conflicts with West Valley (which isn't convenient either) and Santa Clara such that they have to build this is fast as is realistic. So, initially probably just a field and bench.
    I think that for weight room and locker room and such they'll still use the University for awhile because it's close anyway. And then once the field's done they'll keep going with a lighting and a parking lot and in the long run, more fields and actual buildings. I don't we know anything about the time line on that. For now the focus is just alleviating the strain created by the lack of a field where they have sole control of availablity.
     
  21. wandering soccerdog

    Mar 29, 2003
    A $1.2-million training complex in the San Francisco/San Jose market?

    What is it, a studio apartment with a treadmill?
     
  22. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The 1.2 million is construction costs, not land costs. The land was previously purchased under the agreement that covered the stadium.
     
  23. FuzzyForeigner

    Oct 29, 2003
    WA
    Club:
    Seattle
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    thank god. your club and fans deserve more than buck shaw.
     
  24. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well we're stuck with Buck Shaw for the time being. This isn't the stadium this is just the training complex. This gets the Quakes out of training on the fake grass training field behind Buck Shaw at SCU and off of the fields at West Valley College and into their own training complex. It's a good thing regardless however and is the first step in developing the stadium site. Also of note is that the training complex is called the "Amway Global Training Center" or something like that. So it has a naming sponsor oddly enough. Hopefully it's a good sign that they may have been making progress on naming rights and other sponsorship for the stadium which is the last thing other than the formality of the EIR certification by the city council that is holding the stadium up.
     
  25. acreach1

    acreach1 Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Buck Shaw is actually pretty nice...and I believe the only "soccer only" stadium in MLS.

    With that being said, we do deserve more...:)
     

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