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Buck Shaw Stadium
Buck Shaw
Location 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053
Coordinates 37°21′2″N 121°56′12″W / 37.35056°N 121.93667°W / 37.35056; -121.93667Coordinates: 37°21′2″N 121°56′12″W / 37.35056°N 121.93667°W / 37.35056; -121.93667
Broke ground 1961
Opened September 22, 1962
Owner Santa Clara University
Operator Santa Clara University
Surface Grass
Construction cost $4 million US (2008 upgrades)
Capacity Soccer: 10,300 (2008- )[1]
Field dimensions 115 x 71 yds
Santa Clara University Broncos soccer (NCAA WCC) (1962-present)
Santa Clara University Broncos football (NCAA) WFC) (1962-1992)
Santa Clara University Broncos baseball (NCAA) (WCC) (1963-2005)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) (2008- )
FC Gold Pride (WPS) (2009)

Buck Shaw Stadium is a 10,300-seat soccer stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. The stadium is the current home of the Santa Clara Broncos soccer teams and was the former home of the now defunct Santa Clara football team as well as the Santa Clara baseball team. The baseball team moved to their new home at Stephen Schott Stadium in 2005. The stadium is also the current home of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. The stadium's capacity was increased in the winter of 2007 from a capacity of 6,800 to 10,300.

Stadium history

Buck Shaw opened its gates for the first time on September 22, 1962 when it hosted a football game between UC Davis and Santa Clara. The stadium was named for Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw, a former football coach of the SCU Broncos.

Buck Shaw Stadium in 2003 from above.

Buck Shaw Stadium holds the current record for highest attendance at a women's outdoor collegiate sporting event. In 1996 the NCAA Women's College Cup (Division I soccer finals) was played at Buck Shaw, which had its capacity temporarily expanded to 8,800 seats and sold out both days of the tournament.

The stadium had the distinction of being the official practice field of the Brazil soccer team for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Brazilians won the World Cup that year. It also played host to the Romanian national team for their practice prior to that year's quarterfinal match.

Buck Shaw prior to 2008 renovation during the 2007 NCAA tournament

In 2006, Buck Shaw hosted three pool matches in the Churchill Cup rugby union competition, becoming the first U.S. venue to host matches in the four-year history of the event (all matches in the 2003-2005 editions had been in Canada). Buck Shaw is the current location of the commencement ceremonies for Santa Clara University. It was first used for the undergraduate commencement on Saturday, June 9, 2001.

Buck Shaw during expansion in Spring 2008

In 2005 Buck Shaw Stadium was converted from multipurpose to a soccer only facility when the dugouts, baseball infield, and baseball backstop were permanently removed from the stadium. On October 26, 2007, the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer announced that they will play a majority of their home games during the 2008 season at the stadium. Upgrades such as additional seating and bathrooms were added to the stadium in order for it to comply with MLS standards and funded by the Earthquakes organization over the winter of 2008. The capacity was originally to be increased to 12,500 seats from 6,800 permanent seats. Later the expansion was revised down to 10,300 seats. In addition the field was moved closer to the existing grandstand with a small section removed from section 107 to accommodate the shift. Additionally the Santa Clara practice field between the Leavey Center and Buck Shaw was replaced with an "Italgrass" artificial turf surface.

Drainage improvements were also be made to the stadium's field in concert with the field crown being removed to produce a flat pitch. A new video scoreboard was added along with additional concession and merchandising stands. General facilities were also modernized or improved including the addition of new lighting, a TV press box, new sound system, and an additional grandstand on the stadium's west side. The new grandstand included all of the seating additions made to the stadium. About half of the new grandstand included tip up seating. Overall the enhancements cost around 4 million USD.[2]

In 2009, the stadium also hosted FC Gold Pride, one of the seven charter teams of Women's Professional Soccer. However, Gold Pride moved to Pioneer Stadium in Hayward for the 2010 season.


  1. ^ San Jose Earthquakes: Schedule: 2008 Season
  2. ^ Freedman, Jonah. "Quakes 2.0 finally have a home". 2007-10-26 (Sports Illustrated). Retrieved 2007-10-26. 

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Buck Shaw Stadium before an Earthquakes game in September 2008
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Santa Clara Broncos soccer

1962 – present
Succeeded by
current stadium
Preceded by
Home of the
Santa Clara Broncos baseball

1962 – 2005
Succeeded by
Stephen Schott Stadium
Preceded by
Home of the
Santa Clara Broncos football

1962 – 1992
Succeeded by
final stadium
Preceded by
Spartan Stadium
Home of the
San Jose Earthquakes

2008 – present
Succeeded by
current stadium
(New Earthquakes Stadium
in 2012)
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of
FC Gold Pride

Succeeded by
Pioneer Stadium


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