A-list stars like Michael Strahan and Robert De Niro and Grammy-winning composer Richard Thompson have arrived for the opening ceremony of the San Jose Earthquakes’ new $2.5 billion stadium.
Among them are actors John Malkovich, David Koechner, Tom Hanks, John Leguizamo, Peter Stormare, Chris Cooper, and James Franco.
The opening ceremony will feature a live performance by John Malkiewicz and a rendition of the National Anthem by the Eagles of Death Metal.
The arena, set to open in 2020, will be the first professional sports arena to feature an indoor retractable roof.
The stadium, which will be home to the Earthquakes, is scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The venue was built on former City Creek Center land at the site of the old Bay Area Coliseum, which was torn down in 2014 and replaced with the new arena.
A-listers from across the country will also be on hand.
“The Great American Dream” star and former San Jose Mayor Bob Filner will be on stage, and actor Paul Rudd will also appear on the stage.
The arena’s opening ceremony was filmed at a hotel in Mexico City, with a special guest star set to perform.
The new arena will seat 2,400 people.
The Earthquakes also will have seating for 7,000, and the city expects the venue to generate $150 million in economic impact.
The stadium will feature the most advanced technology of any professional sports venue in the world, with artificial turf, retractable glass walls, and retractable bleachers.
A retractable-roof system will be installed on the south end of the stadium, while a retractable deck will be added to the north end.
The roof is designed to accommodate 4,000 fans.
The $2 billion project includes an 18,000-seat multipurpose arena that will include a retractible roof, an artificial turf field, and a retractive deck.
The new arena was built for $500 million and opened to the public in 2016.
The team said the facility will generate $15 million in local and state tax revenue for the city each year.
The Quakes, which are owned by a group of investors led by billionaire soccer mogul Anthony Precourt, will play their home games at the new stadium in 2020.
The first home game will be against the Portland Timbers on Sept. 16, 2020, followed by the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo on Oct. 12, 2020.