In a clear sign that the San Jose Earthquakes organization are confident that their proposed new soccer specific stadium project will move forward as planned, the team announced today that they will begin offering seating contracts on up to 12 luxury suites in the new facility. Expected to be completed in 2013 according to Quakes president David Kaval, the new stadium will be the first soccer facility in MLS to feature field-level luxury suites that will put their well-heeled denizens right in the thick of the action. Each suite will feature many of the amenities available in comparable suites in other sporting stadiums and will accommodate up to 23 people. (Marketing staff's shiny brochure presents all the details.)
According to a report in this morning's San Jose Mercury News, the suites will be offered to season ticket holders and other interested parties for 5-year contracts at a cost of $350,000. While the contract will allow users to access the suites for all events at the proposed new stadium, just looking at the MLS regular season schedule, the numbers work out to $179 per person for a 17-game home schedule. Given the proximity to the field and the other amenities available to suite users, the cost is quite a bargain compared with other sports in the Bay Area. For example, an 18-seat luxury suite with a sideline view at an Oakland Raiders game will cost $575 per person, for a 12-seat suite behind the endzone, the per game cost drops to $383 per person.
In either case, given their relative distances away from the playing field. it is unlikely that a wayward ball is going to upset your Cosmopolitan at a Raiders game. However, you'll need to be on your toes watching the Earthquakes given just how close to the center line your seats will be located. For the ultimate package for spoiled soccer fans, the luxury suites at the proposed San Jose Earthquakes stadium look likely to become the best bet in MLS.
(Photo rendering courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes)