Monday, June 7, 2010

Local Trip to the San Jose Earthquakes, Professional Soccer, Silicon Valley

Activities in Silicon Valley 

With many things to do - and one of the most popular attraction is our Soccer sports. 

My latest local experience finds me at a professional soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara University.  Santa Clara, CA is the former home of San Jose Earthquakes.  I am going to be honest and say this was my first game.  It was amazing to see this great sport.  Timing is everything as all eyes gather upon the World Cup in Africa right now. 

I enjoy watching Soccer. And to see a live game raises the sport to a higher level.  The crowds were well behaved and this Saturday evening there was a full stadium with spectators.  

 Before Avaya Stadium We Went To

Buck Shaw Stadium is easy to get to located on the University grounds.  There are different areas to park in - it is $20 to park in the garage which is located next to the stadium.  You may park across El Camino Real which is more affordable - it is within easy walking distance.

The stadium is across the street from Santa Clara Train Station.  CalTrain goes through familiar peninsula towns from San Francisco to San Jose.  In San Jose, visitors may catch the Capital Corridor to Sacramento.

An insiders hint: include extra time and walk to see the beautiful historic Santa Clara Mission which is also on University grounds a very short distance away. 

USA and Canada

This was a close game as the Earthquakes played Toronto FC - 2 countries, 2 flags, 2 national anthems.  A nice ceremony to start the game off with.

Non stop action during the game - never boring.  It was great to be up close with the players on the field.

The first 2 months of MLS are important as players try to earn places on the final 23-man USA National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

The hometown team did make a score ......

even though the ending was not in our favor. 

Go San Jose Earthquakes! 

I waited far too long to experience this local action in town. I do recommend go see the San Jose Earthquakes - they have a huge presence with the Silicon Valley international influence.

A few generic restaurant recommendations you may go to before games - Chili's on El Camino and Lawrence Expressway - my tasty chicken nachos and  Patron Pomegranate Margaritas were fabulous and quick.

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  1. Hi Donna. Just wanted to pop in and see what you were up to over here. Your travels sound like so much fun! I haven't been to California in years (I live in Wisconsin) so this is a treat!

  2. Thanks for visiting Jean. Let's see, Wisconsin with dairy, Great Lakes, lighthouses and Wright's Taliesin East - fun things to explore too! There's so much to see!


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