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A High-Tech Soccer Stadium in Silicon Valley

Avaya Stadium
San Jose, California, USA

“I think this is going to be one of the best models for us going forward. They built it smart. … They’ve built it very efficiently, and that’s important.”

Don Garber
Commissioner, Major League Soccer

HOK’s design of the San Jose Earthquakes’ Major League Soccer stadium emphasizes the fan experience by creating an intimate atmosphere that brings spectators close to the action.

Just two miles from downtown San Jose, the 18,000-seat, European-style Avaya Stadium features covered seating that holds in the sound and creates an energetic atmosphere for fans. This soccer-specific stadium offers exceptional sightlines from every angle.

Premium seating options include club, patio and luxury suites. The Premier Midfield and Premier Midline seating sections provide 3,200 upgraded, plush seats. Club seating offers food and beverage delivery service and provides an authentic community experience just feet from the pitch. Patio suites feature 680 square feet of suite space, with comfortable couch-style seating and private wait staff. Field-level luxury suites offer high-end furnishings and are customizable with sliding glass doors and an open floor plan.

The 600-person Supporter’s Section adjacent to a “Beers of the World” concession space has an open terrace standing area that offers a rallying point for die-hard fans. A two-acre 7UP Epicenter Fan Zone features a double-sided video display. Neighboring the fan zone is North America’s largest outdoor bar. At 3,650 square feet, the full-service bar offers field-level views. 

Avaya Stadium is the first cloud-enabled professional sports venue, a fitting accomplishment for the stadium of Silicon Valley’s soccer club. The high-tech fan experience begins with a stadium app that helps create an innovative experience for fans.

Designed to achieve the client’s goals for sustainability, the stadium features 882 solar panels—enough to offset power use at regular-season games.

“The opening of Avava Stadium is a seminal moment for our club,” said Dave Kaval, San Jose Earthquakes president. “We are excited to deliver a first-class experience to our fans at every match. We now have a true home for all Earthquakes fans to enjoy.”

SIZE

274,500 sq. ft. / 25,500 sq. m.
18,000 seats

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Graphics
Interior Design

AWARDS

Silicon Valley Business Journal – Structures Award, Community Impact Winner

882

Solar panels will generate enough power to offset usage at regular season games

90%

Amount of stadium steel that has recycled content

40%

Water use reduction

 
NEWS

4 May 2016
“Avaya Stadium in San Jose Is a Finalist for Sport in Architecture Award”
HOK News

10 April 2015
“Earthquakes President Dave Kaval: How Major League Soccer Is Like a Silicon Valley Startup”
Stanford Business

30 March 2015
“HOK-Designed Avaya Stadium Opens to Accolades”
HOK News

23 March 2015
“Avaya Stadium’s ‘Electric’ Debut Caps Long Journey for San Jose Earthquakes: ‘The Joy was Just Palpable’”
MLS

20 March 2015
“Avaya Stadium Architect Describes Features of MLS’s Newest Venue”
Sports Illustrated

1 March 2015
“Avaya Stadium”
Stadia Magazine

28 February 2015
“Purdy: Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium Raises the Bar”
San Jose Mercury News

28 February 2015
Quakes Open New Stadium with Exhibition Win”
SF Gate

1 January 2015
“Stars of 2015: Avaya Stadium”
Stadia Magazine

2 December 2014
“Earthquakes Partner With Avaya”
Venues Today

1 November 2014
“Avaya, Quakes Partner to Provide First Cloud-Enabled Stadium”
San Jose Earthquakes News

26 September 2014
“Community Impact Winner: Earthquakes Stadium”
Silicon Valley Business Journal

5 August 2014
“San Jose Earthquakes Stadium Architect Talks Biggest Challenges, Stand-Out Designs and His Dream Project”
Silicon Valley Business Journal

24 July 2014
“The Longest Outdoor Bar in North America is Coming to Silicon Valley”
Silicon Valley Business Journal