The San Jose Earthquakes' remarkable leap to the top of MLS is increasing demand for tickets and bringing energy to a proposed 18,000-seat stadium the team plans to christen in 2013, club president Dave Kaval told Elliott Almond.
Kaval said the club has seen a 20-percent increase in season-ticket revenue, a byproduct of San Jose's 7-1-1 start. The Quakes have sold 20,000 tickets for a June 30 game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. They expect to attract more than 40,000. The team had 41,000 at Stanford last year for a matchup against the New York Red Bulls but had sold only 10,000 tickets by early May.
San Jose had an eight-game streak of selling out 10,500-seat Buck Shaw end two weeks ago. The team drew 8,734 against United but traditionally has struggled at the gate with midweek games.
Still, Kaval hopes to more than double season-ticket sales -- currently about 4,000 -- for the $60-million stadium that would be located across the street from Mineta San Jose International Airport. Hel said a winning team makes it a realistic goal.