The rivalry between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes is one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in Major League Soccer. The California Clasico mirrors the long-standing Southern California-Northern California rivalry, and there are always a ton of bragging rights on the line when these two meet. The rivalry was at its fiercest from 2001 to 2005 when both teams were consistently among the top teams in the league, but you’ll still be in for a great contest when attending a California Clasico.
The Heritage Cup dates back to 2009, and any club with the same name as a former NASL team is eligible to enter. However, right now the only clubs that compete for it are the San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders. Don’t miss it when the Earthquakes and Sounders meet as not only are points on the line but also the Heritage Cup.
San Jose Earthquakes Tailgate Guide
Earthquakes Stadium offers plenty of space for fans to tailgate as you can set up shop in just about any lot around the stadium. On game days you’ll find a sea of black and blue filling the parking lots outside Earthquakes Stadium. Everyone congregates together before the game grilling and throwing back a few beers before heading in to cheer on the Quakes to victory.
Tailgating at Earthquakes Stadium starts bright and early with some groups setting up five hours before kick off. Arrive early and take in all of the sights and sounds of an Earthquakes tailgate to get the most out of your match day experience.
For $15 a person you can join in on the Casbah tailgate. These fans love the Quakes and love to tailgate. If you’re looking to tailgate with some die hard fans, then a Casbah tailgate is a perfect place to do so, so join in the fun.
Become a member of the 1906 Ultras and join them for their rip-roaring tailgates. The Ultras begin tailgating five hours before the match giving you plenty of time to party, so join the Ultras and the tailgate.
Casbah TailgateFor $15 a person you can join in on the Casbah tailgate. These fans love the Quakes and love to tailgate. If you’re looking to tailgate with some die hard fans, then a Casbah tailgate is a perfect place to do so, so join in the fun.
San Jose Ultras TailgateBecome a member of the 1906 Ultras and join them for their rip-roaring tailgates. The Ultras begin tailgating five hours before the match giving you plenty of time to party, so join the Ultras and the tailgate.
Stadium Parking LotsTailgating is permitted in all stadium parking lots at Earthquakes Stadium except the VIP lot making it easy for you to set up your own tailgate. Bring the grill, coolers, tent, and cornhole when attending an Earthquakes game as there is plenty of room to tailgate.
San Jose Earthquakes Stadium Guide
At a Quakes game, you’ll find precisely the type of atmosphere you would expect. Diehard supporters groups create the majority of the noise and just about everyone you encounter is friendly and knowledgeable about the sport. The San Jose Ultras in Sections 117 and 118, as well as Casbah and The Faultline in the Supporters Terrace, put on incredible displays that you have to see to believe and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even contact the groups and join them.
It’s not just the supporter groups that make attending a Quakes match a great experience, the concession choices are top notch as well. Earthquakes Stadium is home to a large selection of food trucks on game days, and if that doesn’t get you excited then the opportunity to have a drink at the world’s longest outdoor bar will. Standing at over 300 feet long, the bar located at the northeast end is a must-see for anyone attending their first Quakes match.
The diehard support and top-notch concessions make attending a Quakes game an unforgettable experience that you’ll want to repeat soon.
One of the unique aspects of attending an Earthquakes game is the food trucks located behind the scoreboard. The food trucks offer some of the best food you’ll find at any MLS venue, so stop by and grab a snack or meal.
Located in Section 117 and 118, the San Jose Ultras show their support for the Quakes by chanting, drumming, and standing all throughout the match. The San Jose Ultras are one of the largest supporter groups at any Earthquakes game, so join the group or at the very least enjoy the atmosphere they provide at the match.
The Supporters Terrace, behind the south goal, is the home of the Earthquakes other two most prominent supporters groups, Casbah and The Faultline. Like the Ultras, the fans in the Supporters Terrace serenade the crowd with their chants and mesmerize them with their tifos and other visual displays. When attending a Quakes match get tickets in the Supporters Terrace if you want to sit with some of the most diehard Quakes fans around.
Q is the official mascot of the San Jose Earthquakes and can be seen entertaining the crowd at matches. The mascot is beloved by fans young and old, so keep an eye out for him when attending a Quakes game.