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August 19, 2009

Wolff backs away from Quakes stadium plans

Has the MLS pixie dust worn off? San Jose Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff has told the San Jose Mercury News that his new soccer stadium isn't opening in 2012 as planned, as he hasn't been able to line up the necessary sponsors. And this even after getting an offer of cut-rate land from the city of San Jose.

"You can't do it out of magic," said Wolff. "There's no sense building a stadium unless you have some flow of revenue." Guess he didn't like the view from the diving board.


Actually, he's already executed the land deal -- the stadium is only slated for a small percentage of the property. The rest is for retail, a hotel, and commercial space.

Posted by Jay on August 20, 2009 09:49 AM

Thanks, made the correction.

Posted by Neil on August 20, 2009 09:58 AM

Funny how these MLS stadium deals always seem to include development rights to shopping malls and such.

Posted by GDub on August 20, 2009 01:43 PM

Most modern stadium deals not involving wealthy teams involve developmental rights, etc...

Not just a MLS thing.

Posted by nyrmetros on August 20, 2009 04:24 PM

Yep, blame Carroll Rosenbloom for that. If Anaheim hadn't have made that development offer the Rams would've stayed in LA.

Posted by Marty on August 20, 2009 05:46 PM

I think the title of this little piece is a tad misleading. Wolff hasn't backed away from the Quakes Stadium, it's just taking longer than anticipated (not at all unusual in pro sports stadium building). And it's even more unsurprising since Wolff is completely privately financing the stadium in the current economic climate with a less than stellar expansion team on field.

Posted by Dan on August 21, 2009 07:31 PM

Lew Wolff and his partners the Fishers have plenty of money. John Fisher is currently the fourth richest owner in the MLB, so he's got the money to finance a stadium without all the necessary sponsors lined up.

Posted by Frank_T on March 10, 2011 07:05 PM

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