The Major League Soccer team, San Jose EarthQuakes’ stadium [now known as PayPal Park] was a project built by the Wolff Family, owners of the EarthQuakes and Major League Baseball team, Oakland Athletics.

Built on a previous military production site, the project encountered many ground issues with soft soil loading, unmarked underground structures and the fact it was in a seismic zone. Engineers MKA of Seattle and 360 Architecture (now HOK) worked through these problems and found the strength and weight savings of SPS proved to be the best solution.

Built in 2013/14, the 18,000 seat facility boasts many new innovative design solutions and fan features including the longest bar in a Major League Soccer venue. Access and egress are fast and safe. The SPS stadium stands have weathered the test of time looking ‘new’ at every event unlike those areas where concrete was selected for the corner gathering platforms.

“We congratulate you and your team on the successful installation of your SPS terracing ....(and) thank the SPS team for all their efforts to make the Avaya Stadium one of the best in North America."

David Kavalformer President, San Jose EarthQuakes

The project was awarded the Tekla Award in its BIM category in 2014 for the steel framing by Steel Systems Engineering, Inc. The SPS terraces and vomitory walls were part of this coordinated effort, with all construction information coming directly from the BIM model, helping to minimise the workload.