|May 19, 2009 - First off, I love the ballparks website. I can easily spend hours paging through it. As it happens, I cover San Jose State athletics for the Scout.com website InsideSparta.com. Just in case you're not aware, after 76 years, San Jose State's Spartan Stadium has been converted from natural grass to Field Turf. I visited the stadium a couple of weeks ago, and took these photos, which show the new turf. Please feel free to use any of them on your website. Images of Spartan Stadium Courtesy Mike Morgan of InsideSparta.com, thanks Mike.||
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Spartan Stadium is located 45 miles south of San Francisco in San Jose, California. Because of its versatility, Spartan Stadium has been selected often for its great sight lines and close proximity to the action. Concerts, such as Pearl Jam and Lollapalooza, as well as celebrity commercials with Joe Montana and Steve Young, have been filmed using Spartan Stadium. And, in the Summer of 1999, Spartan Stadium will be hosting two double-header Women's World Cup Soccer matches.
The stadium was built in 1933 and seated only 4,000 people. The upper deck was constructed in 1980. The stadium was further renovated in 1985, when mezzanine-level private boxes and additional seats in both the upper deck and the end zones were installed. Over the years, Spartan Stadium has grown to a seating capacity of over 30,000 and still maintains its character with the original balustrades, pine trees, and rose bushes. In April of 1998, a field widening project was completed. The field now measures 70 yards wide and 110 yards in length.
Simpkins Stadium Center
The Simpkins Stadium Center, located next to the stadium on Seventh Street, is home to the Spartan Football program offices and the NCAA athlete's private work-out facility. It also has four men's/women's locker rooms and an official's locker room.
Spartan Stadium has over 4,500 on-site parking spaces and is easily accessible to Highway 101, 280 and 87.
The following items are PROHIBITED from being brought into Spartan Stadium. Security at the entry gates will conduct a bag search and refuse entry to any persons possessing restricted items. Security may also conduct a pat-down search. Receptacles will be available if guests would like to discard prohibited items, otherwise they may take the items back to their vehicle. All beverages will be poured out if the guest wants to keep his or her soft plastic container. Spartan Shops, Inc. will not be responsible for retaining any items for guests while they are in the stadium.
* Glass containers or cans of any kind
* Alcoholic beverages
* Unsealed soft plastic water/soda containers of any size
* Sealed soft plastic water/soda containers larger than 1 liter
* Cooler larger than six pack size
* Picnic baskets
* Lawn chairs
* Flag poles/sticks larger than 12Ó in length or thicker than apencil. A flag is permitted
but can be no larger than 3' X 5'.
* No weapons of any kind (including off-duty police weapons, pipes of any size, or chains)
* Aerosol cans
* Bootleg merchandise (T-shirts, Novelties, etc.... to be sold)
* Leaflets (Must be approved in advance by Spartan Shops)
* Animals (except certified sight and hearing aid dogs)
* Beach balls
* Plastic horns or air horns
* Musical instruments (large in size) that may interfere with viewing event
Exit onto Route 87 (Guadalupe Parkway) southbound. Exit Alma. Turn left on Alma. Option 2 (not as fast) - Exit at 7th Street, turn right onto 7th Street.
From Southbound 101
(from San Francisco, Burlingame, Palo Alto)
Exit at Story (west). Turn right onto Story. Turn left onto Senter. Turn right onto Alma
From Southbound 87
(from Sunnyvale, North San Jose)
Exit at Alma. Turn left on Alma.
From Northbound 17
(from Santa Cruz, Los Gatos)
Exit onto 280 Southbound. Follow directions from Southbound 280.
From Southbound 880
(from Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Fremont)
Exit onto 101 Southbound. Follow directions from Southbound 101.
From Southbound 680
(from Sacramento, Concord, Walnut Creek)
680 will become 280 Northbound at the 101 interchange. Exit 10th Street. Turn left onto 10th Street.
From Northbound 101
(from Hollister, Gilroy, Monterey)
Exit at Tully. Turn right onto Senter. Turn left onto Alma.
From Northbound 87
(from South San Jose, Route 85)
Exit at Curtner. Turn right onto Curtner. Turn left on 7th Streetor 10th Street.
The following Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus routes offer convenient service to and from Spartan Stadium.
(East San Jose to De Anza College)
Connects to CalTrain and Light Rail. Operates weekdays (until midnight) and weekends (until 11:30 p.m.)
(Downtown San Jose to Snell & Capitol Expressway)
Connects to Light Rail. Operates weekdays and weekends until 8 p.m. Provides direct service to San Jose State University.
(Westgate to Hedding & 7th)
CalTrain and Light Rail. Operates weekdays (until 9 p.m.) and weekends (until 7 p.m.)
Source: San Jose State University Spartan Shops
On October 1, 1999 Martin Selznick wrote: You should know that a major college bowl game will be played at Spartan Stadium beginning in December, 2000 (The Silicon Valley Bowl). If successful, the stadium could be expanded to 50,000 from its current approximately 30,000+ capacity.
SAN JOSE -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Bowl Certification Subcommittee today initially certified San Jose State University's and the city of San Jose's bid to produce the Silicon Valley Bowl post-season football game beginning in the 2000 season.
NCAA procedures require a final certification in April of the year 2000. The joint presentation of the University and the City was noted by the subcommittee as the most advanced and impressive presentation they have ever received. The financial stability and organizational structure of the Silicon Valley Bowl were cornerstones of the presentation and will ensure bringing the bowl to fruition in December 2000.
The inaugural Silicon Valley Bowl will be played in Spartan Stadium, which currently seats 31,218 for football, between December 25, 2000 and January 1, 2001 on a date to be determined. The bowl game will match a team from the Western Athletic Conference against an at-large opponent. Western Athletic Conference schools as of July 1, 1999 include San Jose State University, Fresno State University, the University of Hawaii, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas El Paso and the University of Tulsa. San Jose State University president Robert L. Caret and director of athletics Chuck Bell, Vice Mayor of the city of San Jose Frank Fiscalini, Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson and Silicon Valley Bowl president Gary Olimpia participated in the presentation to the NCAA Bowl Certification Subcommittee.
"We are extremely pleased about today's outcome and are excited about what we are creating with the City and our corporate partners for our community," says San Jose State University president Caret.
"The Committee's initial certification of our Bowl is another milestone in the process of the University's and the City's cooperative efforts to bring national attention and recognition to the importance of Silicon Valley," says Olimpia.
Numerous corporate sponsors for the Silicon Valley Bowl provided a broad base of support for the unified presentation made Thursday morning in Dallas. Announcements will be made in the near future regarding a title sponsorship, specific corporate sponsors and national television coverage.
Host USA will coordinate all aspects of marketing for the bowl game, including a national radio network, corporate sponsor sales, merchandising and promotional efforts.
"I am delighted with the response and support of our application by the Bowl Committee. I look forward to our continuing efforts with San Jose State University to bring a nationally-recognized bowl game to our city," says Fiscalini, San Jose's Vice-Mayor.
"The Western Athletic Conference is certainly elated with today's announcement. We look at this as an opportunity for the WAC and San Jose to use the Silicon Valley Bowl to showcase our football," says commissioner Benson. "I applaud the efforts of the university and the city over the past several months as they put together a solid financial base. The WAC will reap the benefits of this bowl game both from a financial and exposure standpoint for years to come."
"Months of hard work by people in the San Jose State University president's office, the mayor's office of San Jose, Gary Olimpia and the assistance from the people at the Fiesta Bowl has made the Silicon Valley Bowl football game a reality. All of this work has given us the opportunity to work harder the next 18 months to bring a top-flight bowl to San Jose," says Bell.
The successful Silicon Valley Bowl proposal projects a payout of $1.2-million per participating institution. The current minimum payout to each participating school is $750,000.
SAN JOSE STATE TO UPGRADE STADIUM
February 24, 2011
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San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose Mercury News says San Jose State University has five athletic
projects are in various stages of development with a total estimated cost of $16 million to $20 million. At least one could be used by the public, and all would be privately funded and built on the South Campus land owned by the California State University system.
The scope of the projects hasn't been widely publicized, but athletic director Tom Bowen has been spearheading plans for the football building for more than four years. He called the facility upgrades "absolutely necessary for the future of Spartans athletics, and that's all programs. We can't stand still. We're not standing still."
SJSU hopes to break ground on the $10 million football building after the 2011 season. The 19,000-square-foot facility would sit just beyond the north end zone, providing a bird's-eye view of the field from a second-floor patio, the newspaper said.
SJSU is planning to install a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the stadium, possibly in time for the 2011 season, and build new football practice fields in the summer of 2012.
There are also plans for a $3 million to $4 million field house that would feature a multipurpose floor and could be rented out to high schools and community organizations. SJSU also intends to enclose several of the tennis courts on East Humboldt, but Bowen described that project as being in the "preliminary stage."
The facility upgrades would be paid for by private donations to the university's $200 million fundraising campaign, which was launched in October. Athletics is one of the campaign's cornerstones, along with the colleges of business and engineering.