Shaw Capital Management Headlines: Work begins to make way for new Earthquakes home| World Headlines
The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Mar. 4, 2011 – 3:18 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Demolition is under way on an old factory that will eventually become the permanent home of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team.

Team officials, local leaders and soccer fans gathered Thursday as an excavator made the first tear into the former FMC plant near the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The Earthquakes plan to build a $60 million stadium at the Santa Clara site. The proposed complex also would include office space, retail space and hotel rooms.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the team still needs to get a building permit approved by the city.

The Earthquakes returned to San Jose in 2008 after briefly relocating to Houston. The team is playing home games in Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University until their new stadium is ready.