The County of Santa Clara's board of supervisors approved an agreement with the San Jose Earthquakes to negotiate a long-term lease and management agreement for a new soccer complex at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
The 12-month exclusive negotiating agreement covers plans to utilize 34 acres of undeveloped land, including approximately 14.8 acres for the Earthquakes and its teams with the remaining acres dedicated for the development of six public fields.
The complex would include:
-- a 35,000-40,000 square foot training center for the Earthquakes, Earthquakes II and all Quakes academy teams with locker rooms, a weight room, dining hall, theater, medical treatment facility and hydrotherapy, equipment and laundry rooms, coach and staff offices.
-- 10 full-size soccer fields, four of which would exclusively serve the Earthquakes, and six of which will be turf fields dedicated exclusively for year-round public use. All 10 fields would be lighted, and at least three of the Quakes’ four fields would feature natural grass.
“This is a major step towards our goal of having an elite training center and singular home for all of our teams,” said Earthquakes president Jared Shawlee. “As part of our club ethos, we wanted to pursue an opportunity that not only provided a first-class complex for our professional and youth teams, but also to facilitate the development of the premier public-use youth and adult soccer facility in Northern California. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the County of Santa Clara that has a shared vision for those goals.”