Unexpected findings at the construction site caused delays in foundation works. The MLS club had to postpone inauguration to the 2nd half of 2014 season instead of season opening.
While Earthquakes aimed at recycling the concrete found on their new stadium’s construction site, the club could hardly expect that beneath the ground massive concrete voults with munitions and other contents will be found.
To add to that, water table proved higher than expected and the plot needs proper drainage, only increasing the difficulty of this project. Foundations are expected to go only 3 meters deep (10 feet), but with the findings this became a major obstacle.
This is why Earthquakes decided to announce a new opening date. Instead of early 2014 season, the new stadium should be ready half way through the fixtures. Eight games are to be played at Buck Shaw Stadium, one at Stanford Stadium and the remaining nine will finally take place at the New Earthquakes Stadium, likely to have a naming rights deal in place by then.