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San Jose Quakes stadium gets green light
San Jose Mercury News, February 23rd, 2012 1:40AM

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Tracy Seipel reports that a capacity crowd at San Jose City Hall's council chamber Wednesday night erupted into loud cheers and applause after the city's Planning Commission gave a unanimous and final green light to a long-awaited $60 million permanent home for the San Jose Earthquakes.

The commission voted 6 to 0 to uphold a soccer stadium permit that was appealed last month by neighbors in the area.

The audience of about 330 mostly soccer fans had shown up to encourage the commission to reject an appeal by residents who live near the proposed soccer stadium and worry that it will adversely affect their everyday lives.

Of the dozens of fans who spoke in support of the stadium, several questioned how a stadium bounded by parking lots on the north, the airport on the east, a freeway to the south and a railroad to the west could affect neighbors.

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