Buck Shaw Stadium History
Opening in 1970, Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara,
California, is the home of the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS. The MLS is the fastest growing sport in the country and on
the heels of a wildly successful World Cup, there has never been a better time to be a soccer fan. The stadium is named after
Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw, who was a beloved coach of the Santa Clara Broncos football team. The stadium hosted football until
the program folded in 1992 and baseball until 2005, when they moved to a new facility. Now, Buck Shaw Stadium has been refitted
to host soccer specifically and now sees the action of the best soccer players in the country in this state of the art 11,500
seat soccer stadium.
Buck Shaw Stadium Events
For being located on the campus of a small university in
the suburbs, Buck Shaw Stadium has hosted some big time events. Since 1970, the venue has been hosting many incredible sporting
events, from Santa Clara University's soccer, baseball and football's teams to being the home of the Brazilian National Soccer
Team during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Buck Shaw Stadium has also hosted rugby and Women's soccer events as well. Today it is
best known for being the home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. Professional soccer has been hosted at Buck Shaw
Stadium since 2009 and now names like Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and Dwayne De Rosario make their way to
Santa Clara to play at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara, California
Sitting 45 miles southeast of San Francisco,
Santa Clara, California is known for being the home of Santa Clara University and for its location in the heart of Silicon
Valley. These days Santa Clara can boast that it is the home of two professional sports teams, the San Jose Earthquakes of
the MLS and now the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. The 49ers open their billion dollar, world class Levi's Stadium in 2014
after parting ways with the aging Candlestick Park after last season. There is plenty to do and see in this lovely college
town, but attending professional sporting events should be at the top of your list.
Buck Shaw Stadium Seating
Though most MLS teams play in brand new arenas, still one of the best places to see a soccer match is at Buck
Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. This intimate venue offers the perfect views of the field, where you will never miss any passes,
tackles or goals. The friendly and passionate crowd in this sleepy town makes going to a live sporting event the perfect family
event. With seating for 11,500 fans, Buck Shaw Stadium is quaint, but fans from all over the stadium are given perfect vantage
points to the field. Plus, Buck Shaw Stadium has food trucks! Great food, intimate setting and great views, what more could
you ask for?
Buck Shaw Stadium Trivia
Before the Earthquakes moved into Buck Shaw Stadium, what was the
occupancy of the venue?
Before it was expanded to fit the MLS team, Buck Shaw Stadium has a capacity of 6,800.