Monday, June 7, 2010

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


My latest local trip finds me at a professional soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara University.  Santa Clara, CA is the 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 and I definitely am now a fan.  Timing is everything as all eyes gather upon the World Cup in Africa right now.
 
Soccer is not new to me ~ I have always enjoyed watching this game. I didn't realize what I was missing by not going in person.  The crowds were well behaved and this Saturday evening had a full stadium with spectators.  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 very close.  You may park across El Camino Real which is less expensive - it is within 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.

A sightseeing hint - you might want to include extra time and see the beautiful historic Santa Clara Mission which is also on University grounds a very short distance away.

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 - never boring.  It was fun to experience this for the first time.  It was great to be up close to the players on the field.


I caught the team starting the second half.  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.


I only say, go San Jose Earthquakes! 

I waited far too long to experience this local action in town. San Jose Earthquakes has a big presence with the Silicon Valley international influence here.  I do recommend!

Oh, I will be adding restaurant recommendations you may go to before games - I must say Chili's on El Camino and Lawrence Expressway has very tasty chicken nachos and  Patron Pomegranate Margaritas and is quick.

Try something new - locally. It is fun!  The Fun Tour Guru

2 comments:

  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!

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  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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