SAN JOSE (AP) – Demolition was under way Friday on an old factory that will eventually become the permanent home of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team.

Team officials, local leaders and soccer fans gathered Thursday as an excavator made the first tear into the former FMC plant near the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The Earthquakes plan to build a $60 million stadium at the Santa Clara site. The proposed complex also would include office space, retail space and hotel rooms.

The team still needs to get a building permit approved by the city.

The Earthquakes returned to San Jose in 2008 after the original franchise moved to Houston. The team is playing home games in Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University until their new stadium is ready.

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Comments (5)
  1. Claude DeMoss says:

    With the serious buget problems San Jose has, how can they justify any expenditure towards this project or any other sports project?

  2. Josh Hamilton says:

    The stadium is 100 percent privately financed

  3. Bill K says:

    Because it is something tangible and not money down the welfare blackhole.

  4. fred says:

    What contractor is building stadium?

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