|576 (+16 skyboxes) (Business seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Inauguration||22/03/2015 (San Jose Earthquakes - Chicago Fire, 2-1)|
|Construction||21/10/2012 - 03/2015|
|Address||1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110|
Description: Avaya Stadium
First announcements about the new stadium by San Jose International Airport date back to 2007. After two years first renderings of the planned building were presented, showing the 18,000-capacity venue with no stand in the north.
It’s the stadium’s layout that became its most distinctive feature, too. Nearly all fans are seated in the upper tier, some 3 meters above promenade level. Here 30 rows at an angle of 30 degrees provide very compact feel and great sightlines. Below that tier only 5 rows with party decks, 16 lounges (initially 12 were planned) and a southern standing terrace are located.
HOK Architects (360 Architecture when design work began) also designed a flat roof reaching 27 meters inside the stadium. Hanged just over the last row it provides a more intimate feeling and amplifies atmosphere. It was advertised as a “European” feature, but there is in fact no structurally similar roof in Europe.
The open northern end provides what proved to be North America’s largest open-air bar with nearly 338 square meters for clients, offering everyone a view of the pitch. The bar is located at the base of Avaya Stadium’s giant screen, which provides displays both inside and outside the stadium.
As the technological partner Avaya bought naming rights for a decade, special focus was given to technology. The stadium is described as cloud-enabled, was opened along with high-speed WiFi, special app that facilitates using social media and even with a possibility of displaying one’s posts/photos/tweets across the stadium’s video systems.
Construction was launched officially in October, 2012. It was to end by the 2014 MLS season, but meeting such deadline soon turned out impossible as obstructions were found during ground works. Delivery was postponed until mid-2014 and then early 2015. The latter date proved to be final and a sell-out crowd watched the Earthquakes beat Chicago Fire in their opening game, following a soft launch against LA Galaxy.
Appreciating the financial impact 12,000 season-ticket holders for 2015 season had on the project, their names are commemorated on a special wall. Financing was a challenging issue as the budget inflated from initial $60 million to some $100 million in 2015. And even that was possible by dropping the outer wrap presented in all renderings.
San Jose: Pilots really blinded by stadium lights
Overall there have been some 50 complaints from pilots, regarding giant screens and floodlights of Levi’s Stadium and Avaya Stadium. NBC Bay Area investigative report proves very little was done to address safety concerns.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Public Vote summary
Which nations voted most, which stadiums were selected most frequently, what average notes did they get. These are some of the questions we’ll answer here!
Stadium of the Year 2015: Last 48 hours to cast your vote!
We’re only two days away from the voting platform’s closing, so be sure to list your 5 favourite stadiums and vote. Already now over 34,000 people took part in this year’s vote.
Stadium of the Year 2015: 10 Finalists of the Jury Vote
In upcoming weeks our Jurors will take a closer look at 10 out of 22 nominated stadiums. One of them is the future Stadium of the Year. Meanwhile, the Public Vote reached a new milestone.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Meet the nominee – Avaya Stadium
It’s not a regular horseshoe stadium. This one, despite being less than a year old, has a story to tell. One of how to create a fan-friendly environment.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Jury begins work along new rules
Meet our five amazing Jurors and new rules along which they’re judging all nominated stadiums. Their work has only just begun…
Stadium of the Year 2015: Let the vote begin!
Whether it’s a phone, laptop, or any other device, from now on you can use it to select the best stadium opened in 2015. The vote is open for one month.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Meet the 22 nominees!
22 stadiums from 15 countries are qualified to compete for the next Stadium of the Year 2015 title. Two awards will be given in two separate votes. Read more for details!
Stadium of the Year 2015: Time to submit your nominees!
From now until Friday everyone around the world is welcome to submit nominees for the Stadium of the Year 2015 award! Which stadia do you think deserve to be included?
California: Levi’s Stadium blinds pilots
For months pilots have been complaining about blinding lights from Levi’s Stadium. Latest report by NBC Bay Area shows stunning inaction from aviation administration about the issue.
San Jose: Earthquakes leave Avaya Stadium for two games
Their new stadium sells out for every game and get quite some praise. But Earthquakes still decided to leave Avaya Stadium for two games of the regular season. Why?
New Stadium: Avaya Stadium officially opened
After 2.5 years it’s finally open. Avaya Stadium enjoyed its first sell-out crowd last night and San Jose Earthquakes enjoyed a win. The fans also have things to enjoy as the Quakes get their home!