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Work Begins To Make Way For New San Jose Earthquakes Stadium

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The San Jose Earthquakes pose for a team photo prior to the the MLS Eastern Conference Final in Nov. 2010.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The San Jose Earthquakes pose for a team photo prior to the the MLS Eastern Conference Final in Nov. 2010. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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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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