SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes plan to begin construction on their 18,000-seat soccer stadium by Feb. 26, club president Dave Kaval said Friday.

Workers will start by clearing the 75-acre site along Coleman Avenue across from Mineta San Jose International Airport. The $60-million, privately financed stadium is expected to open in spring 2014.

"We want to open for beginning of next season," Kaval said. "But it's almost too early to say."

The Major League Soccer team hired Devcon Construction as the general contractor. The Milpitas firm also is overseeing the 49ers' stadium construction in Santa Clara.

Seating is limited because of the city restrictions. However, Kaval said seating could expand to 25,000 if ticket demand is strong and government officials allow for future growth.

Kaval added season-ticket sales for the new facility have thus far exceeded club projections but declined to provide figures because they aren't ready.

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