Ever since plans for the San Jose Earthquakes' new stadium were released, the most common complaint was that it was just too simple. It lacked the bells and whistles of other stadiums and just didn't compare favorably with the other recently built MLS facilities.
While the release of 3D renderings of that stadium probably won't change anyone's mind, they at least give a much better picture of how the stadium will actually feel. In a word: intimate.
Perhaps more than any other stadium in MLS, the crowd will almost literally be on top of the field. I obviously don't know this for sure, but the angle on the seats seems to be much steeper than anywhere else and the they are as physically close to the action as anywhere.
One of the cooler features, at least to me, is that the supporters' section appears to be a real terrace built under the assumption that people will be standing as opposed to seating. This is a feature that will surely enhance the atmosphere.
There are definitely some downers, as well. The open-ended horseshoe does have a decidedly minor-league feel to it, although it was probably done in an attempt to save money and allow for future expansion. Still, that's a pretty small gripe, especially when comparing it to where they currently play.
No, the Earthquakes stadium may not be the cutest girl at the dance, but she could prove to be the best company.