SAN JOSE -- A high water table and problems connecting to the city's sewer system have forced the Earthquakes to delay the opening of their 18,000-seat stadium, club officials said Friday.
The second delay in 2½ months means the $60 million building across from Mineta San Jose International Airport won't open until the 2015 season. The privately funded stadium originally was scheduled to open next March before construction issues pushed the date to June 2014.
But team president Dave Kaval said Friday that issues such as the water table made it difficult to guarantee opening during the 2014 season.
"Without the certainty that we can open next year, we felt that the best decision would be to move the opening to the start of 2015," Kaval said a day after news about the delay appeared in this newspaper and goal.com. Kaval added the delays will not increase the stadium's budget nor cost the city anything.
The team plans to make 10,525-seat Buck Shaw Stadium its home for the seventh consecutive season.
The Earthquakes also sent an email to those who placed deposits for tickets outlining their options:
"What is most important is that we build a great stadium that will stand the test of time for our fans and this community," Kaval said.
The club president posted video clips Friday on Twitter showing workers at the construction site. Kaval said the next phase is pouring concrete foundations for the stadium and office building in the coming weeks.
The office is scheduled to be erected in November, followed by the stadium bowl in late December.
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