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Earthquakes break new ground
Oct 22, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
The San Jose Earthquakes have become world record breakers following the groundbreaking of their new stadium in San Jose.
The Western Conference leaders broke the Guinness World Record on Sunday for the largest number of people groundbreaking at the site of the new stadium near Mineta San Jose International Airport.
6,256 people turned out to get involved, beating the previous record by over 1,700.
Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff was thrilled with the turnout, saying the project had united the whole community.
"Look at how happy and quiet everyone is, if this was done in other cities there might have been chaos," he said.
"There are just great people here and a great diverse community and everyone was here having a good time. That is what it is all about and our players are the same way, they are part of the community and love being part of it."
The new stadium is set to open in 2014 and will have a capacity for 18,000 people. It will replace the team's current home at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara University, which holds just over 10,000.
Wolff hopes the new facility will enable more fans to come and watch the team.
"It gives us the chance to attract all the fans that are interested. Right now we are limited to nine or 10 thousand so having a new stadium is going to be terrific," he said.