Shaded Seats at PayPal Park
PayPal Park (formerly Avaya Stadium) is a soccer-specific stadium in San Jose, California. Home to MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and NWSL’s Bay FC it’s a great place in the Bay Area to catch a match. San Jose is known for year-round sun and warm weather, so fans should be mindful of sun exposure during games. Earthquakes and Bay FC supporters can use this guide along with the stadium seating chart to find the best shaded seats at PayPal Park.
Where are the seats in the shade and sun at PayPal Park?
Typically, shaded seats at PayPal Park are situated:
- Along the west sideline
- Behind the south goal line, particularly in the higher rows under the roof
Conversely, sunny seats are predominantly found:
- Along the east sideline
Matches at PayPal Park usually begin in the late afternoon or evening, though some start early in the afternoon. For much of the year, and in particular during summer, the Californian sun can be intense, even during evening matches.
PayPal Park Orientation to the Sun
The stadium’s northeast to southwest orientation means that by 1:00 PM, the sun is nearly overhead, especially above the south goal line. As the afternoon progresses, the sun moves across the stadium, setting to the west.
The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.
Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon PayPal Park Matches
PayPal Park boasts a unique, almost horseshoe-like design that opens up on the northeast end. Its seating curves around the pitch in a smooth, continuous form, offering an intimate atmosphere for soccer fans. It also features stands that are among the steepest in MLS and NWSL, bringing fans closer to the action and placing more seats directly under a roof.
During early afternoon games, shaded seats are generally those under cover. Sections 114-121 behind the goal line are a reliable choice early in the day (note that 117-118 are often reserved for supporters groups). On the west side of the stadium, about two-thirds of the seats in sections 101-112 will be shaded, although those closest to the pitch are likely to receive sunlight as they are not directly under the roof. On the east side, only the highest rows in sections 123-134 are shaded by the roof above.
Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening PayPal Park Matches
In the evening, most seats at PayPal Park will be shaded by the start of the match. Shade can be found in nearly all rows on the west side, sections 101-112, and behind the goal line, sections 113-121. On the east side, only the upper rows under the roof in sections 123-134 will be shaded; the remaining rows will remain sunny until sunset. It’s advisable to avoid the east side if you wish to stay out of the sun.
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