With Mineta San Jose International Airport next-door, it’s only seems appropriate that Earthquakes Stadium has some sort of aviation theme. And that’s just the case.
The club installed over 3,500 lineal feat of recycled wood from Moffett Field’s famed Hangar One. The redwood planks were logged nearly 100 years ago and will be used in the exterior of suites, press box, concession stands, team store and scoreboard bar.
Recent Earthquakes Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Moore, a project manager at Mission bell Manufacturing, Inc., helped facilitate the process. Mission Bell specializes in reclaimed wood.
The Earthquakes have made sustainability a priority throughout their new stadium’s construction. The new stadium will be LEED Silver-certified by meeting high environmental standards. Ninety percent of the steel used for the superstructure is recycled steel content. The stadium is also dual-plumbed to use recycled water for toilet flushing; it’s designed to conserve energy; and it features an enhanced solid waste collection system. During the demolition of the site, existing concrete was removed and fully recycled. Additionally, the Earthquakes have hosted Earth Day celebrations since returning to MLS in 2008, and established a Sustainability Committee within the Front Office in 2014.