San Jose Earthquakes has announced 360 Architecture will serve as the architect of the club’s new football stadium.

The new 18,000-seater venue will be located near the San Jose International airport, not far from the Earthquakes' current home at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

It will be constructed privately and is scheduled to open in 2012, despite the club’s owner Lew Wolff still searching for sponsors to foot the bill, estimated to be $40-60 million.

"During the past few years, 360 Architecture has worked closely with us as we have studied design alternatives and analysed the feasibility of a new ballpark,” said Wolff.

Wolf also owns Oakland A's and has hired the same firm to look into a new stadium for the Major League Baseball side.

"Under the leadership of Brad Schrock, the firm has demonstrated the ability to be an excellent steward for the two projects as they continue to move forward,” Wolff added.

360 Architecture has designed a number of stadiums throughout the United States, most notably the New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the National Football League's New York Jets and Giants.

The firm is also the lead architect for Basra Sports City in Iraq, a complex that will host the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations tournament and includes a 65,000-seater main stadium.

Brad Schrock, from 360 Architecture, said: "We are excited to bring to each project our passion for an innovative design that achieves success for the team and delivers an exceptional experience for their fans."

Posted on 08/09/2010