GM John Doyle cuts the ribbon with the invited dignitaries. Left to right: Pat Dando of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, David Alioto, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop, Michael Crowley, John Doyle, Soccer Silicon Valley president Don Gagliardi, Amway's Nutrilite product manager, and Keith Wolff. Photo: Jay Hipps, centerlinesoccer.com
Center Line Soccer's complete coverage of the opening includes audio (after the jump) and a photo gallery.
The San Jose Earthquakes marked another milestone today as the team opened the Nutrilite Training Facility, the first phase in the development of a new stadium at the Airport West site on Coleman Avenue. The 2.5 acre site holds a 72 by 115 yard practice field, identical to that at Buck Shaw Stadium, and includes additional space for goalkeeper drills and player warm-ups.
"For the first time in club history, the team will have a dedicated training facility," said Earthquakes GM John Doyle. "This facility will be a major boost for our coaches and players in their daily preparation. Along with the addition of staff and resources, we are continuing to build the soccer side of this organization. The construction of this facility is another example of our ownership's commitment to this team."
You can listen to the formal opening ceremony here. Additional comments from Doyle and ownership representative Keith Wolff, check out this week's Center Line Soccer podcast.