CEFCU Stadium

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CEFCU Stadium
Spartan Stadium during a football game
Location 1257 S 10th St, San Jose, California 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
Owner San Jose State University
Operator San Jose State University
Capacity 30,456[1] (2000–present)
31,218 (1985–99)
18,155 (1948–84)
11,000 (1937–47)
8,500 (1936–36)
4,000 (1933–35)
Surface FieldTurf (2009–present)
Grass (1933–2008)
Broke ground 1933
Opened 1933[2]
Expanded 1936–1937, 1948, 1985
Construction cost $1.5 million USD (expansion)
San Jose State Spartans (MWC) (1933–present)
San Jose Earthquakes (NASL/WSA) (1974–88)
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks/San Jose Hawks (WSA/APSL/USISL) (1989–93)
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes (MLS) (1996–2005)
Bay Area/San Jose CyberRays (WUSA) (2001–03)
Silicon Valley Football Classic (NCAA) (2000–04)
San Francisco Dragons (MLL) (2008)
California Redwoods (UFL) (2009)

CEFCU Stadium, located in San Jose, California, is the official stadium of the San Jose State University Spartans athletics teams. It is currently the home of the Spartan football teams (soccer teams play at Spartan Soccer Field). In addition, the stadium hosts occasional high school football games, and the university commencement ceremony every year on Memorial Day weekend.[3]

CEFCU Stadium was the home of the San Jose Earthquakes (originally San Jose Clash) of Major League Soccer from the league's inception in 1996 through the 2005 season. Other 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. Soccer Bowl '75 was also held at Spartan Stadium.

During the winter and spring of 2009, the stadium's natural turf was removed and replaced with FieldTurf, a new generation of artificial turf with a crumb rubber and sand infill. This improvement has resulted in significant savings to the university in water use, fertilizer and seed. This project was completed in time for the May 2009 commencement ceremony.[4]

The stadium also received significant upgrades to the scoreboard and sound system in 2011.[5] This included installation of a high-definition video board (commonly called a JumboTron) by Daktronics at the south end of the stadium.[6]

Stadium history[edit]

Originally built in 1933 as a 4,000-seat facility, CEFCU Stadium has been renovated and expanded over the years to its present seating capacity of 30,456.[1] The most recent additions came in the late 1980s when the capacity of the stadium was expanded from 18,000 to approximately 33,000 by adding boxes and an upper deck on the west side. In the early 2000s, renovations were carried out for the San Jose Earthquakes in order to make the field wide enough for a FIFA regulation size field. As a result of these renovations, parts of the stands closest to the playing field were removed, thus lowering available seating for all sports to the stadium's present capacity of 30,456. The maximum capacity for MLS games is 26,525.

CEFCU 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. CEFCU 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 CEFCU Stadium from 2000 to 2004.

Most recently, a CEFCU Stadium end zone building addition is projected to commence in 2014–2015 and will cost approximately US$38 million. The 61,000 GSF facility will house sports medicine and athletic training space, a football team locker room, football coaching staff offices, meeting rooms, a hall of fame, and an auditorium. The facility will serve the day-to-day operations of the athletics department, and provide hospitality space on game days. It will be located at the South Campus site, north of CEFCU Stadium and is projected to be completed in 2016.[7]

On August 5, 2016, the Citizens Equity First Credit Union have renamed Spartan Stadium to CEFCU stadium for $8.7 million. The deal will last for 15 years with San José State University. It is the only university in the California State University system to have a football stadium be named for an affiliation. In addition, it is the one of the three members in the Mountain West Conference to have such an agreement with a supporter. The money CEFCU gave will primarily be used for athletic scholarships, athletics operations, and facilities owned by San José State.[8]



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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)
Preceded by
Grant Field
Host of the College Cup
Succeeded by
Ralph Korte Stadium
Preceded by
UNCG Soccer Stadium
Host of the Women's College Cup
Succeeded by
Gerald J. Ford Stadium