Major League soccer (MLS) side San Jose Earthquakes has received clearance to begin building its new stadium.
The San Jose Planning Commission has voted unanimously to reject a local resident's appeal against the December award of a Planning Development permit for the building of the US$60 million, 18,000-seater stadium. The objection had been raised due to light and noise concerns, but on Wednesday night the six-man voting panel all opted to allow the Earthquakes' application to pass, bringing an 11-month process to a close.
San Jose Earthquakes president David Kaval said: "We're obviously thrilled with the decision. We're thrilled to move forward with the working drawings and get closer to a groundbreaking date this year."
He added: "We're going full steam ahead. We've been in conversations with a variety of groups [regarding financing], but obviously with the uncertainty on the permit, no one wanted to make any commitments until that was done. So that was a critical step tonight."
The San Jose Earthquakes, who joined MLS as an expansion frnachise in 2008, currently play home games at the Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California.