Together with PayPal Holdings the stadium starts a new chapter in the community. San Jose Earthquakes has just introduced PayPal Park as the new venue name after entering into a 10-year sponsorship agreement, which includes naming rights to the club’s soccer-specific stadium.
San Jose based partner for 10 years
The San Jose Earthquakes have just announced a purpose-driven 10-year partnership with San Jose-based technology giant PayPal, providing stadium naming rights through the 2030 season. Earthquakes Stadium for 18,000 seats will be known as PayPal Park from now.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to find a stadium naming rights partner that aligns with our vision of uplifting the local community, Earthquakes chief operating officer Jared Shawlee said in a statement.
He also added:
PayPal is a highly respected global brand with its headquarters less than two miles from our front office. We’re excited to partner on a number of initiatives that aim to support local small businesses and underserved youth, while also making the stadium a more touchless experience for our guests.
Advancing & enhancing stadium experience
Naming rights partner’s vision and the club's commitment to the San Jose community will be an integral part of the stadium life. The venue will be equipped with a 250-seat reserved section that will host underserved members and provide them with access to complimentary tickets.
The new sponsor aims also to engage with local youth and non-profit organizations. That is why the invitations for training sessions and opportunities to play games on the main field have been included in the sponsorship package.
The new cooperation will also influence the matchday experience. Using QR codes, touchless payments and fast lanes will let all supporters spend time at the venue in a more effective way, saving time at checkouts. All thanks to the technology which will transform PayPal Park into a cutting-edge, post-COVID-19 venue.
The construction of the venue, previously known as Avaya Stadium, was launched officially in October 2012. Three years later, during the inauguration, Quakes beat Chicago Fire, being witnessed by a full house.
It has hosted plenty of non-MLS regular season, including the International Champions Cup, numerous U.S. Women’s National Team friendlies, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game against Arsenal FC and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Author: Karol Tatar