Earlier this week I attended Earthquakes training at the Nutrilite Training Facility, which is located adjacent to the proposed new stadium site. As practice was winding down, I walked over to the fencing surrounding the demolition site to get a good view of the progress being made toward clearing the site. While the large and visible section of the warehouse that bordered the practice field is still standing, more than half of the remaining building has already been leveled and is being sorted for recycling. I’m not too surprised by this, because every day I have been to training, the sounds of heavy excavators working next door have been readily apparent.
The original estimate to clear the stadium site was 90-100 days, which started the day of the Demolition Ceremony on March 3rd. There is still the job of hauling away the sorted debris and also ground level clean up that won’t start until the buildings are completing brought down. Still, every day I visit the site, I am encouraged with the progress and more excited about the prospects of the San Jose Earthquakes moving toward a home they can call their own.
More pictures after the break:
One of the most obvious signs of progress is evident by the fact that you can see daylight through the warehouse. The building closest to the training facility was made up of four very large connected sections. At this point, only two of those sections remain, and only the nearest one is fully intact.
Pile of sorted debris litter the grounds. With each passing week, the piles disappear to recycling and demolition detritus centers.
In the far distance of this photo is the local In-n-Out Burger restaurant. Yes, getting a double-double after training is just that convenient.
There is no truth to the rumors that these water features will be part of the new stadium plans; however, the thought of having a reflecting pond at that open end of the stadium sounds rather appealing to me.