San Jose Earthquakes managing partner Keith Wolff (son of owner Lew) gave a presentation to San Jose residents last night on the progress of their long-stalled soccer-only stadium, and if he’s to be believed, it could be stalled not much longer. Skip past all the stuff about noise complaints (which is important if you live near the stadium, but not likely to be a major holdup) and stadium design (which is largely unchanged from two years ago), and you hit this tidbit:
The overall budget for the 15000-18000 seat stadium would require “up to a $60 million investment” by team ownership and was not dependent on securing outside corporate funding.
If true, that’s a big change from last year, when Lew Wolff said he’d need to pre-sell “sponsorships” to raise money for a new stadium. It’s not clear why that would have changed — improving revenue projections for MLS? increased desperation on Wolff’s part to get shovels in the ground leading him to front the money himself? — but if it has, then a new Earthquakes stadium could be open by … probably not 2013, but certainly 2014, if they get rolling soon.