They started with an earthquake or close to it with their record-breaking groundbreaking attendance. Over 6,000 people came to start the work, but as much fun as this must have been, there's some serious construction work to do if they are to have a new 18,000-seater in 2014.
This is America's latest construction site for a stadium with works dating back to just 4 days ago. Groundbreaking took place on Sunday and gathered a record crowd of 6,256 people who grabbed shovels and dag for 2 minutes. This was needed in order to get in the Guinness Book of Records with the most crowded groundbreaking (way exceeding previous number of less than 5,000).
So, a record on the very first day of construction works sounds impressive. But it may well be the last one as well, because the ground itself will be a modest one. Most infrastructure on ground level, even the (at least) 12 skyboxes. Very small lower tier and massive second one erected onto steel trusses.
Nothing particularily eye-catching after the likes of BBVA Compass Stadium or Livestrong Sporting Park. But this also comes at a far lower price ($60 million compared to 95.5 and 200, respectively), all funded by Lewis Wolff, club owner, who also declared to pay for the next 50 years of operation for the stadium.
This modest start fits San Jose's image – they're now playing inside the smallest stadium of MLS and have one of the lowest attendances (just over 13,000 per game). They will again be the smallest after the new stadium is built, but it has a lot of space for expansion once it's actually needed, which seems a very reasonable move. One that we'll be looking for, but first let's see how they started off!