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Spartan Stadium
Spartan Stadium during a football game
Location 1257 S 10th St, San José, CA 95112
Coordinates 37°19′11″N 121°52′6″W / 37.31972°N 121.86833°W / 37.31972; -121.86833Coordinates: 37°19′11″N 121°52′6″W / 37.31972°N 121.86833°W / 37.31972; -121.86833
Broke ground 1933
Opened 1933
Owner San José State University
Operator San José State University
Surface FieldTurf (2009)
Grass (1933-2008)
Construction cost $1.5 million USD (expansion)
Capacity 31,218 [1]
San Jose State Spartans (WAC) (1933-present)
San Jose Earthquakes (NASL) (1974-1984)
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes (MLS) (1996-2005)
Bay Area/San Jose CyberRays (WUSA) (2001-2003)
Silicon Valley Football Classic (NCAA) (2000-2004)
San Francisco Dragons (MLL) (2008)
California Redwoods (UFL) (2009)

Spartan Stadium, located in San Jose, California, is the official stadium of the San José State University Spartans athletics teams. It is currently the home of the Spartan football and soccer teams.

Spartan Stadium was the home of the San Jose Earthquakes (originally San José Clash) of Major League Soccer from the league's inception in 1996 through the 2005 season. Past tenants have included the original San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1984, the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association from 2001 to 2003, and the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse in 2008.

A temporary jumbotron screen has been in use in the northeast corner of the stadium since 2007. In Spring of 2009, the grass field surface was replaced by FieldTurf. [2]

Stadium history

Spartan Stadium, San Jose CA - 1933

Originally built in 1933 as a 4,000-seat facility, it has been renovated and expanded over the years to its present 31,218 seat capacity. The most recent additions came in the late 1980s when the capacity of the stadium was expanded from 18,000 to its present capacity by adding boxes and an upper deck. For MLS games, capacity is limited to 26,525.

Spartan Stadium has hosted numerous FIFA events. Most notably the stadium was used as one of the venues for the 1999 Women's World Cup.

The stadium also hosts the commencement ceremonies of San José State University every spring, as well as musical concerts throughout the year. Spartan Stadium is only one block from San Jose Municipal Stadium, home of the San Jose Giants, the High A minor league baseball affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

The now defunct NCAA Silicon Valley Football Classic bowl game was held at Spartan Stadium from 2000 to 2004.

First season using new "FieldTurf" playing surface, San Jose State vs. Utah - 2009
Spartan Stadium - San Jose State vs. Boise State - 2008
Spartan Stadium - Aerial view at night - 2008


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Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
San Jose Earthquakes

1996 – 2005
Succeeded by
Buck Shaw Stadium
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (big game venue)


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