You might think at this point, media and supporters who follow MLS might have become a bit indifferent to news of new stadium development. After all, most teams have a stadium all of their own now.
But do not count me among the indifferent; Stadium news still stirs my morning coffee.
So this is great news out of San Jose, where club officials have announced an Oct. 21 date for groundbreaking on their new, 18,000-seat grounds.
One more year at Buck Shaw Stadium is in store for the Earthquakes – or that’s the hope.
Construction time on MLS stadiums typically lands right around 16 months. San Jose officials hope to be in this one in time for the 2014 season – but it’s going to be close.
In fact, the more likely scenario looks like what Houston did in 2012, Sporting Kansas City did in 2011 and others have done along the stadium initiative way: begin with a bunch of road games and then get into the new facility in April, May or even in June.
It’s not ideal, but in the long run it does not seem to damage club momentum or playoff chances. Kansas City did quite well last year, never mind the early road gauntlet. Houston is handling it all quite well in 2012.