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Earthquakes move July 2 match to Stanford Stadium

 

It will be an early Fourth of July celebration when the San Jose Earthquakes take on the New York Red Bulls in Stanford Stadium on July 2. The soccer match will feature international stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez of the Red Bulls and will be televised live (ESPN2) starting at 7:30 p.m.

"Stanford Stadium is one of the premier venues on the West Coast," said Earthquakes President David Kaval. "We see this match as a great opportunity to extend our reach to the Greater Bay Area and also provide our fans with an exciting game experience, including a fireworks extravaganza."

Following the match, the Earthquakes will treat fans to the best fireworks show on the Peninsula for the Fourth of July weekend. Fans can stay in their seats or move onto the field for the best view to watch the fireworks.

"The Earthquakes have a long and storied tradition in the Bay Area and we are happy to host their fans here at Stanford Stadium in this exciting match," said Ray Purpur, Deputy Director of Athletics at Stanford University.

The Epicenter Fan Zone will be moved from Buck Shaw Stadium to Stanford for the match. Fans will be able to enjoy foosball, corn hole, face painting and poster making prior to kickoff. Gourmet food trucks will also be on site.

The Earthquakes have not played at Stanford Stadium since July 4, 1999, when they took on D.C. United in front of 73,123 fans as part of a doubleheader with the U.S. Women's National Team.

The Quakes also played their first three matches of the 1998 season at Stanford Stadium, while Spartan Stadium was undergoing renovations. The Quakes lost to the Colorado Rapids and the Dallas Burn in shootouts before defeating the Chicago Fire 1-0.

Stanford Stadium played host to the largest crowd for a soccer match in Bay Area history on July 4, 1994 when the United States National Team faced Brazil in the second round of the 1994 World Cup. The U.S. fell 1-0 to Brazil in front of 84,177 fans.

A new, smaller 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium was unveiled in 2006, making the home of Stanford football one of the premier college football facilities in the nation. Originally built in 1921, Stanford Stadium played host to many historic events including the Super Bowl XIX, men's and women's World Cup soccer matches, Olympic soccer competition, and the Olympic track & field trials.

Season ticket holders will have a two-week presale to purchase additional individual tickets before tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m.

Group tickets and a FIREWORKS 4 PACK are on sale now by calling the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. The four-pack is also on sale at sjearthquakes.com and includes four tickets and two Chris Wondolowski t-shirts. Individual tickets can be purchased at sjearthquakes.com or by calling 800-225-2277.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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