The most popular sport in the world has finally won over Silicon Valley sports enthusiasts. The San Jose Earthquakes, one of ten charter members of Major League Soccer (MLS) instituted in 1996, kicked off their team in the South Bay but relocated to Houston, Texas in 2006. The Earthquakes returned to San Jose in 2008 and now they are putting the final touches on a spectacular, European-styled soccer stadium near Mineta San Jose Airport.
With the ability to seat 18,000 fans, this soccer-specific stadium will have 12 field-level luxury suites, the largest outdoor bar in North America, a 2-acre ‘fan zone’, and steep-raked seating. The facility is part of a mixed-use development that will include residential, retail, hotel and R&D. Privately funded with a price tag of $100 million, Avaya recently signed a $20 million, 10-year deal to have their name associated with the arena.
The most lucrative deal in soccer history, Avaya’s association with the Earthquake’s new facility will most definitely benefit fans. The entire stadium will include installation of Avaya’s sate-of-the-art technology, making it the inaugural Cloud-enabled MLS venue. This Cloud capability will allow continual enhancements to provide Earthquake fans with engaging, interactive experiences that can be shared on a variety of social media platforms.
Fans can get a sneak peek behind the scenes before the stadium opens in 2015. Free Hard Hat tours are held every Thursday at 3:30pm and 4:15pm. During this once-in-a-lifetime tour, you will experience the stadium inside and out, top to bottom, exploring places that, as a fan, you will only see from your seat.
If you are an Earthquake fan or simply intrigued by the combination of technology and architecture Avaya Stadium provides, this tour won’t disappoint.
Registration is required and space is limited, so sign up for your hardhat tour today!