Tuesday, November 29, 2005

San Jose looking at a site for a downtown soccer stadium

There has not been much great news for San Jose soccer fans since LA came to town, but they might just have some now. The San Jose City Council is looking at the possibility of providing land downtown to build a new stadium for the Earthquakes.

The land is currently used for a firefighter-training center and is just south of property the city is considering for a potential Major League Baseball stadium.

The council will consider the proposal form Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, a group looking at purchasing the Earthquakes from Anschutz Entertainment Group.

San Jose Redevelopment Agency director Harry Mavrogenes said, "In order to keep them here long-term, we have to look at a better facility, a larger facility, somewhere in the range of 22,000 seats.

"We are preliminarily looking at least one site. What we're trying to do tomorrow is lay out a schedule of if we want to keep them in San Jose, here are the things we have to look at."

The most interesting thing about this whole article is that this in the city's "first formal attempt" at keeping the club in town. With all the talk that has been going on for over a year now, it seems odd that the city has not brought this up before. Then again, I know nothing of San Jose politics, so who am I to talk. If you live in the San Jose area and want to keep your team, you should contact city officials and let them know how you feel.


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