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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

San Jose Earthquakes announce their 2024 MLS schedule and celebrate their 50th anniversary

If you're a soccer fan there is a lot to look forward to next year. In addition to the Copa America games at Levi's Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes have recently released their 2024 schedule and there are a few notable matches on there. 

One home game against LAFC will take place at Levi's Stadium with a special halftime performance from Mexican singer-songwriter El Fantasma and a Cinco de Mayo pregame festival. Their 50th Anniversary game takes place at Stanford Stadium and will feature several additional activities to celebrate the occasion. All other home games will be at PayPal Park. Check out the full release below.


EARTHQUAKES ANNOUNCE 2024 MLS SCHEDULE FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY  

Quakes welcome Galaxy in home opener on March 2, return to Levi’s® Stadium on May 4 vs LAFC 

  

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes unveiled their full schedule for the upcoming Major League Soccer season as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2024. The year kicks off with a road match at FC Dallas on Feb. 24 before the home slate begins with a matchup against their biggest rival, the LA Galaxy, on Saturday, March 2 at PayPal Park. The match marks the 99th meeting between the two teams in official competitions and the first time San Jose has hosted the Galaxy in the home opener. 

 

The Quakes return to Levi’s® Stadium for the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Northern California on Saturday, May 4, against LAFC before heading to Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 29, in a rematch against the Galaxy that will be part of a commemorative 50th Anniversary Weekend. Additionally, the schedule features the second year of Leagues Cup between every club from MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX. In all, San Jose plays their two Southern California rivals three times each, starting with the Galaxy for the home opener and ending with LAFC for Decision Day on Oct. 19. 

 

“The Earthquakes are proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a truly landmark schedule, starting with the home opener against our biggest rival at PayPal Park,” said Earthquakes President Jared Shawlee. “Between returning to Levi’s® Stadium for a full-capacity match, and our 50th Anniversary Weekend in June, this season will be filled with great matchups for our fans.” 

 

After starting the season away at Toyota Stadium versus FC Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 24 (5:30 p.m. PT), the Quakes will return to PayPal Park to play three of the next four games, headlined by the California Clasico home opener against the Galaxy on Saturday, March 2 (7:30 p.m. PT). Following the homestand, San Jose will hit the road for four of the next five games before coming back to the Bay Area for a long-awaited rematch with LAFC at Levi’s® Stadium on May 4 (4:30 p.m. PT). 

 

Last season, the Quakes won 2-1 in front of over 45,000 fans and featured a special halftime performance from Mexican singer-songwriter El Fantasma, along with a pregame festival and numerous celebrity appearances. The game day will once again be the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Northern California, including a pregame fan festival, a halftime musical performance, and activations honoring Mexican heritage. In addition, the Quakes will open the stadium to its full capacity for this momentous match. More information about the event will be announced later. To learn about suite purchases, please click here or email Suites@49ers.com

 

“We’re excited to welcome the Earthquakes and their devoted fanbase back to Levi’s® Stadium after last year’s tremendous success,” said Al Guido, President of the San Francisco 49ers. “Levi’s® will be hosting this match, followed by Copa America in 2024, and the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and it's no question that the Quakes will continue to be a critical part of soccer’s growth in Northern California.” 

 

After the match at Levi’s® Stadium and a pair of road games, the Quakes play eight of 12 matches at home, with the highlight of that stretch being the annual California Clasico at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 29 (7:30 p.m. PT). The historic event, a staple of San Jose’s rivalry with the Galaxy, will now be elevated to another level as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary that weekend. The parade of festivities includes the return of numerous Quakes alumni from the past five decades, a countdown honoring the club’s top 50 players, and the Bay Area’s largest fireworks display. 

 

After three more home matches in early July, the Quakes take a month-long break from regular-season action for Leagues Cup, an interleague tournament between MLS and Liga MX that starts on July 26 and concludes with the final on Aug. 25. All 47 teams from the two leagues will participate, with three teams earning qualification to the 2025 Concacaf Champions League. Last year, the Quakes hosted Liga MX side Tigres UANL in a sold-out group stage match at PayPal Park. More information about the competition, including the draw for the group stage, will be announced later. 

The final stretch of the regular season entails eight games—an even four on the road and four in San Jose—culminating in the home finale at PayPal Park against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 5 (7:30 p.m. PT) and Decision Day away at LAFC’s BMO Stadium on Oct. 19 (6:00 p.m.). 

 

Single-game tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, Dec. 22, and are now available for current 2024 season ticket holders. Tickets for Levi’s® and Stanford will go on sale in January, with more information to be announced later. Fans interested in tickets for groups of 10 or more can find more information here, while those interested in purchasing 2024 season tickets can click here

 

The San Jose Earthquakes’ full 2024 regular season schedule is below: 

 

DATE 

OPPONENT 

TIME (PT) 

VENUE 

BROADCAST 

Saturday, Feb. 24 

at DAL 

5:30 PM 

Toyota Stadium 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Mar. 2 

LA 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Mar. 9 

VAN 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Mar. 16 

at SKC 

5:30 PM 

Children’s Mercy Park  

Apple TV 

Saturday, Mar. 23 

SEA 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Mar. 30 

at HOU 

5:30 PM 

Shell Energy Stadium 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Apr. 6 

at ATX 

5:30 PM 

Q2 Stadium  

Apple TV 

Saturday, Apr. 13 

COL 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Sunday, Apr. 21 

at LA 

4:00 PM 

 Dignity Health Sports Park 

Apple TV/FS1 

Saturday, Apr. 27 

at NSH 

5:30 PM 

Geodis Park  

Apple TV 

Saturday, May 4 

LAFC 

4:30 PM 

Levi's® Stadium 

Apple TV 

Saturday, May 11 

at COL 

6:30 PM 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park  

Apple TV 

Wednesday, May 15 

at POR 

7:30 PM 

Providence Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, May 18 

ORL 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, May 25 

ATX 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Friday, May 31 

at NYCFC 

4:30 PM 

Yankee Stadium 

Apple TV 

Saturday, June 15 

CIN 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Wednesday, June 19 

POR 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, June 22 

at LAFC 

7:30 PM 

BMO Stadium 

Apple TV 

Saturday, June 29 

LA 

7:30 PM 

Stanford Stadium 

Apple TV 

Wednesday, July 3 

at STL 

5:30 PM 

CITYPARK 

Apple TV 

Sunday, July 7 

CHI 

TBD 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, July 13 

SKC 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Wednesday, July 17 

HOU 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park  

Apple TV 

Saturday, July 20 

at MIN 

5:30 PM 

Allianz Field 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Aug. 24 

at RSL 

6:30 PM 

America First Field 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Aug. 31 

MIN 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Sep. 14 

at VAN 

TBD 

BC Place 

Apple TV 

Wednesday, Sep. 18 

at SEA 

7:30 PM 

Lumen Field 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Sep. 21 

STL 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Sep. 28 

at MTL 

4:30 PM 

Stadium Saputo 

Apple TV 

Wednesday, Oct. 2 

DAL 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park 

Apple TV 

Saturday, Oct. 5 

RSL 

7:30 PM 

PayPal Park  

Apple TV 

Saturday, Oct. 19 

at LAFC 

6:00 PM 

BMO Stadium 

Apple TV 

 

*Home matches in bold 

 

About Levi's® Stadium 

Named Sports Facility of the Year for 2015 by Sports Business Journal, Levi's® Stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers and serves as one of the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable sports and entertainment venue. The $1.2 billion venue consists of 1.85 million square feet and 68,500 seats, including 175 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats, and was designed by HNTB and built by Turner/Devcon for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. It is a multi-purpose facility with flexibility that has allowed it to host a wide range of events – including international soccer, college football, ice hockey, motorsports, concerts and various civic events – since opening in 2014. The venue is also expandable for major events such as 2026 FIFA World Cup, WrestleMania 31, Super Bowl 50 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Levi's® Stadium is owned by the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, a public joint powers authority established to provide for development and operation of Levi's® Stadium to ensure the stadium serves the goals of the City of Santa Clara. For more information, go to LevisStadium.com. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Despite the name change, SVO continues to break ground with small business owners

When asked to write my first article to cover an organization AND see the insides of Avaya Stadium, I was totally stoked to do it for The San Jose Blog! Plus, getting some h'orderves and a drink doesn’t hurt either!

View of the Avaya Stadium sign welcoming SVO (Photograph by John Huân Vũ)
That opportunity came on the evening of Thursday, June 8, 2017 at a June Networking Mixer hosted by the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO). I had only heard of SVO once when Josh Santos wrote an article about its name change earlier this year. Josh stated that the removal of San Jose from its name followed “an unsettling trend preceded by The Business Journal and The Mercury News, our two top news publications.” However, like Josh Santos, we are both “not completely opposed to the idea” especially when it can “better raise our [city’s] global awareness.” Put simply, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce is now the Silicon Valley Organization.

Let’s start out with the venue. As shown on their infographic below, Avaya Stadium seats 18,000 people with free wireless internet along with indoor and outdoor patio suites. Sweet deal if you want to be involved in the game! On hand were two employees of the San Jose Earthquakes who gave us the rundown of the venue and their field known as their “sanctuary.” The highlight for me was seeing the insides of the locker room (sorry, no cameras). Inside the locker room, there are high resolution photographs depicting the evolution of the San Jose Earthquakes spanning from its infancy to their location today at Avaya Stadium. However, what amused me the most was the nicely pressed and folded uniforms, undershirts, and grey underwear briefs for every player ready to use for the next game!

Source: www.sjearthquakes.com/avayastadium
During the networking mixer, I met a lot of people whom I got to hear more about SVO, why they are part of SVO, and most importantly, how they benefited from SVO. I met a handful of first timers who were invited by other SVO members or wanted to check out if the organization is right for them. The people who impressed me were those who were part of SVO (before the name change) for 5, 10, or even 15 years. I met realtors, caterers, photographers, doctors, graphic designers, and salespeople from other sports teams, banks, and hotels. Most importantly, the people were generally friendly, open to talking about their business, with diverse backgrounds in industry, age, ethnicity, and national origin.

View from one of Avaya's patio suites (Photograph by John Huân Vũ)
They all had one thing in common: SVO opened doors for their small business. As a software engineer for a big company, listening to their stories really brought me down to how small businesses are thriving (and struggling) every day. I also realize how stupid I was for not having business cards! I met a woman who works as a caterer but attends the SVO events to network with others who might be a florist or finding a business owner that needs delicious lunches. People said that it was much better to put a face to a business name instead of reading a review online. The SVO also builds business partnerships and even friendships along the way.

When asked about the membership fees, a SVO member and sole proprietor said that, “If I can just get one referral for my business, then that just paid for itself for my annual membership.”

For future events, networking opportunities, and ribbon cutting, check out their website at www.thesvo.com.

-John Huân Vũ