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MLS Earthquakes Still Eyeing Stadium By '12 Despite Economy

MLS Earthquakes Still Have No Date Set To Break Ground On New Stadium
Earthquakes President David Kaval is "holding out hope that before the 2012 MLS season begins, he can deliver" a new soccer stadium to San Jose, according to Geoff Lepper of MLSSOCCER.com. The Earthquakes are preparing to play their "fourth consecutive season at 10,000-seat Buck Shaw Stadium" on the campus of Santa Clara Univ., and Kaval noted that the club has "no target date to begin demolition on the former FMC manufacturing plant at their Airport West site" for a new facility. But he said, "I think (having a stadium in 2012) is still realistic. We’re having all the meetings and hoping that it is going to occur." Lepper noted Kaval's "hopes that a new 15,000-seat stadium will sprout up next to the team’s eight-month old practice facility were buoyed by a unanimous Dec. 14 vote by the San Jose City Council." That decision granted Earthquakes ownership, led by Lew Wolff, a "rebate of $2 million to $4 million on the costs of developing the Airport West site." It also "extended the timeline for completing the project." Kaval said that team execs are "holding weekly meetings with the contractor and working on the stadium design" and surrounding areas. Kaval also is "actively seeking a sponsor to purchase the new stadium’s naming rights." He said, "We’ve had a lot of fruitful different discussions with a lot of (potential) partners in the Bay Area. That’s something that would probably expedite the timing, because the partner might want to do things in certain ways that would make sure we open sooner" (MLSSOCCER.com, 12/31).
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