Opening of new San Jose Earthquakes stadium pushed back

SAN JOSE, Calif.

The new 18,000-seat stadium, to be located on Coleman Avenue across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport, was originally slated to open next March its opening is now set for the 2015 Major League Soccer season, according to officials.

Games during the upcoming season are scheduled at the Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

An email was sent out to those who put desists on season tickets at the new stadium.

"We are continuing to work hard to deliver the best stadium possible for our fans," Earthquakes President Dave Kaval said in a statement.

"We are obviously disappointed, but we are more committed than ever to build a first-class venue that we know our fans deserve," he said.

Club officials say the postponement is due to a high water table and problems linking the stadium to the city sewer system.

Despite the setbacks, officials say other major construction steps have been completed, including demolition and grading of the stadium site and the installation of utilities.

The team's office building should be erected in November followed by the erection of the stadium bowl in December, according to Earthquakes officials.

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