SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club will take on Real Sociedad of La Liga, the top professional league in Spain, at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday, May 18, presented by Alaska Airlines. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT. The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a voucher to take 50% off flights for up to two people from the Bay Area, including new flights from San Jose to Orange County and San Diego.* More details about the promotion will be announced later.
“We are excited to welcome Real Sociedad, a storied club with a rich history, to Avaya Stadium,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval. “Only three years ago they were in the Champions League and with two La Liga titles under their belts this is an opportunity for us to take on one of Europe’s big names. The fantastic offer from our partners, Alaska Airlines, also gives fans even more reason to ensure they are here for what promises to be a great night of soccer."
Earthquakes season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game A tickets for the match. Season ticket holders can also purchase add-on tickets beginning Thursday, April 7 by contacting their respective STH representative. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 11 and are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Individual ticket prices start at $22, with special rates available for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700.
Real Sociedad is based in the city of San Sebastián in Spain and was founded in 1909. One of the 10 founding members of La Liga in 1928, Real Sociedad has won the league title twice, most recently in 1981–82, and the Copa del Rey twice, most recently in 1987. The club has also competed in the UEFA Champions League twice, reaching the Round of 16 in 2003–04.
Real Sociedad is comprised of world-class talent, including Mexican international forward Carlos Vela and Spanish midfielders Asier Illarramendi and Esteban Granero, who both previously played for Real Madrid. They are also the first La Liga opponent for the Quakes since San Jose hosted Atlético Madrid at Candlestick Park on July 27, 2014. San Jose also played Deportivo Alaves from La Liga in 2005.
San Jose owns a 9-8-8 all-time record in international exhibitions and the club has posted a 6-0-4 record in the past 10 exhibitions against international opponents.
About Avaya Stadium
Avaya Stadium is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located on Coleman Ave. adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building is the first cloud-enabled venue in Major League Soccer and is among the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in MLS to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the north end zone houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. The stadium hosted numerous non-Major League Soccer events during its inaugural season in 2015, including the International Champions Cup, which featured Manchester United and Club America, a Send-Off Series match for the United States Women’s National Team ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and the American Ultimate Disc League Championship Weekend. For more information about Avaya Stadium, visit sjearthquakes.com.