Jump to content

Stevens Stadium

Coordinates: 37°21′2″N 121°56′12″W / 37.35056°N 121.93667°W / 37.35056; -121.93667
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Buck Shaw Stadium)
Stevens Stadium
Buck Shaw Field
View from northwest in 2008
Santa Clara is located in the United States
Santa Clara
Santa Clara
Location in the United States
Santa Clara is located in California
Santa Clara
Santa Clara
Location in California
Former namesBuck Shaw Stadium
Address500 El Camino Real
LocationSanta Clara University
Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Coordinates37°21′2″N 121°56′12″W / 37.35056°N 121.93667°W / 37.35056; -121.93667
Public transitSanta Clara Station
OwnerSanta Clara University
OperatorSanta Clara University
10,525[1] (2008–2015)
7,000[2] (2015–present)
Field size74 by 115 yd (68 by 105 m)
SurfaceNatural grass
Broke ground1961
OpenedSeptember 22, 1962;
61 years ago
Construction cost$4 million (2008 upgrades)
($5.66 million in 2023[3])
Santa Clara University
(NCAA Division I WCC):
Soccer (1962–present)
Football (NCAA-WFC; 1962–1992)
Baseball (1963–2005)
Professional sports
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) (2008–2014)
FC Gold Pride (WPS) (2009)

Stevens Stadium is a 7,000-seat soccer stadium on the west coast of the United States, located on the campus of 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 football team as well as the baseball team. The baseball team moved to their new home at Stephen Schott Stadium in 2005.

The former 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. It was named Buck Shaw Stadium up until a renovation was done in 2015.[4]

Stadium history


Buck Shaw Stadium opened its gates for the first time on September 22, 1962 when it hosted a football game between UC Davis and Santa Clara. Named for Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw, a former football coach of the SCU Broncos, the playing surface still retains his name to the present day, being named Buck Shaw Field. The stadium was used for football games until 1992 and baseball games until 2005.

In 2005, the venue was converted from a multipurpose facility to a soccer-only facility when the dugouts, baseball infield, and baseball backstop were permanently removed. The name was changed to Stevens Stadium following a renovation project in 2015; the project was funded by a $7.7 million donation from alumna Mary Stevens and her husband Mark.[5]

Buck Shaw Stadium in 2003 from above.

The stadium is the current location of the commencement ceremonies for the university. The site was first used for the undergraduate commencement on Saturday, June 9, 2001.

San Jose Earthquakes


On October 26, 2007, the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer announced that they would 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 last part 2008. The capacity was increased from 6,800 seats 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. The Santa Clara practice field between the Leavey Center and Stevens was replaced with an "Italgrass" artificial turf surface.

Drainage improvements were also 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.[6]

After the Earthquakes departed for their new Avaya Stadium, the university undertook an improvement project that removed the original east side press box from the stadium as well as the Earthquakes temporary bleachers on the west side of the stadium. In their place a new smaller permanent west side grandstand, press box and entry plaza were installed. Capacity of the stadium was reduced back to 7,000 permanent seats as a result.

Other sports events

Buck Shaw prior to 2008 renovation during the 2007 NCAA tournament



In summer of 1981 the stadium was the main venue for the World Games 1981.

During the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was the official practice field of the Brazil soccer team. 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.

Stevens Stadium set a record for highest attendance at a women's outdoor collegiate sporting event in 1996. The 1996 NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament semifinals and finals were played at Buck Shaw, which had its capacity temporarily expanded to 8,800 seats and sold out both days of the tournament.[7] The championship game attendance record was broken the following year in 1997 at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.[8]

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 Castro Valley High School, and then Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, for the 2010 season.[9]



The stadium has also hosted several international rugby matches. 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 that tournament (all matches in the 2003–2005 editions had been in Canada). In May 2009 the stadium again hosted an international rugby match, with 10,000 fans turning out to watch the game between the United States and Ireland.[10]

International matches

Date Home Score Opponent Competition Attendance
June 3, 2006  United States 13–28 Ireland A  2006 Churchill Cup 3,700[11]
June 8, 2006  United States 6–74 Māori people Māori All Blacks 2006 Churchill Cup 3,562[12]
June 10, 2006 Māori people Māori All Blacks 27–6  Ireland A 2006 Churchill Cup
July 1, 2006  United States 91–0  Barbados 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifying [13]
May 31, 2009  United States 10–27 Ireland  2009 Setanta Challenge Cup 10,000[14]
Buck Shaw Stadium before an Earthquakes game in September 2008


  1. ^ "Buck Shaw Stadium - SanJose.com". www.sanjose.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Earthquakes bid farewell to Buck Shaw Stadium". mercurynews.com. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved February 29, 2024.
  4. ^ "Completed Projects - Campus Projects - Planning & Projects - University Operations - Santa Clara University". www.scu.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-02-02.
  5. ^ "Stevens Stadium - Buck Shaw Field". Santa Clara Broncos. Retrieved May 13, 2024.
  6. ^ Freedman, Jonah (2007-10-26). "Quakes 2.0 finally have a home". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Paul (December 3, 2021). "Women's College Cup: Back at it, six months later". Soccer America. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  8. ^ Women's Soccer Division I (PDF) (Report). NCAA. 2013.
  9. ^ Almond, Elliott (December 16, 2009). "Gold Pride moving from Buck Shaw to Cal State East Bay". The Mercury News. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  10. ^ ESPN Scrum, United States v. Ireland, May 31, 2009, http://www.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/match/91196.html
  11. ^ "CHURCHILL CUP , Pool A - Santa Clara, 3 June 2006, 14:00 local, 21:00 GMT". espnscrum. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  12. ^ "CHURCHILL CUP , Pool A - Santa Clara, 7 June 2006, 19:30 local, 02:30 GMT +1d". espnscrum. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Rugby World Cup Qualifier 2007". espnscrum. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  14. ^ "USA 10-27 Ireland". RTE. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Santa Clara Broncos soccer

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

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Home of the
Santa Clara Broncos football

Succeeded by
final stadium
Preceded by Home of the
Women's College Cup

Succeeded by
Preceded by Home of the
San Jose Earthquakes

Succeeded by
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of
FC Gold Pride

Succeeded by