NFL: San Francisco 49ers new stadium progress in Santa Clara

April 6, 2013


San Francisco 49ers new stadium progress in Santa Clara

The San Francisco 49ers will be moving 37.5 miles south to the San Jose suburb of Santa Clara.

The new stadium is located near several major highways and expressways including Highways 101, 237, 880, Lawrence Expressway, and San Tomas Expressway.

The stadium also provides excellent transit access including buses, VTA light rail, ACE trains, and Amtrak that will drop fans off within an easy walking distance to the stadium. With more than 21,000 parking spaces located within a short walking distance, the stadium will provide plenty of parking for fans.

Cost to Build: $1.2 Billion
Opening: 2014
Club Seat: 9,00S
Seating Capacity: 68,500

Source: San Francisco 49ers


Photo images are from April 5, 2013

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San Francisco 49ers new stadium

San Francisco 49ers new stadium

San Francisco 49ers new stadium

San Francisco 49ers new stadium

San Francisco 49ers new stadium

On June 8, 2010, Santa Clara voters approved the ballot measure for the proposed stadium project

Stadium Project Chronology:
•November 2006, 49ers announced their interest in building a football stadium in the City of Santa Clara, to be located on part of the parking lot of Great America Theme Park, 5000 Great America Parkway, just south of Tasman Blvd., on land which is owned by the City and leased to Great America for parking.

•January 15, 2008, after a year of extensive research, discussions, public comment, and an eight-month feasibility study, the City Council determined that the 49ers proposed stadium presents a potential entertainment/economic opportunity for the City’s North Bayshore Area. Council directs the City Manager to enter into negotiations with the 49ers. The preliminary negotiations are non-binding – they do not commit the City to the stadium project – and are to create a Term Sheet agreement, to further examine issues and clarify and document understandings and guarantees of all parties involved in the proposed project.

•January 22, 2008, Council discussed the type and timing of a ballot measure for the proposed stadium, with the goal that eventual Term Sheet elements could be reflected in potential ballot language.

•June 2, 2009, Council approved the Term Sheet for the potential stadium, which clarifies and documents the understandings and commitments of the involved parties.

•July 14, 2009, Council and the public received a presentation by the 49ers on the proposed stadium design.

•July 30, 2009, Draft Environmental Impact Report for the stadium project is completed and released for public review and comment.

•August – September 2009, a Charter Review Committee met to review and make an advisory recommendation to the City Council about whether or not to consider a second ballot measure in 2010 to amend the City Charter language regarding competitive bidding for the stadium project. The Committee also reviewed and considered proposed Senate Bill 43 (Alquist), a bill that would allow the City to use a design-build process for the stadium project without needing to modify the City Charter.

•October 27, 2009, Council approved the Charter Review Committee’s recommendation to use the authority granted under SB 43 (Alquist) to allow for a limited design-build process for the stadium project.

•December 8, 2009, Council certified the Environmental Impact Report for the stadium project and selected June 8, 2009 as the date to place project on the ballot.

•December 11, 2009, a citizens group submitted to the City Clerk a Notice of Intent to Circulate an Initiative Petition titled “The Santa Clara Stadium Taxpayer Protection and Economic Progress Act.”

•December 15, 2009, Council approved continuing discussion of a City ballot measure to February 2010, in order to allow the citizen-based initiative to continue to move forward. If the citizen petition fails to qualify for the ballot or if Council decides for some other reason to place their own measure on the ballot, the deadline to do so is the March 9, 2010 Council meeting.

•February 9, 2010, Council approved ballot question language for the June 8, 2010 election, and approved the transfer and appropriation of $390,000 in Redevelopment Agency funds to place the measure on the ballot.

•March 9, 2010, Council approved a resolution of of findings concerning significant environmental impacts, mitigation measure and alternatives, a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and a Mitigated Monitoring or Reporting Program for the proposed stadium project, and General Plan Amendment No. 72 and RDA Plan Amendment 20 to change the text of the Tourist Commercial designation of the Land Use Element to include specific language about stadiums and arenas.

•March 30, 2010, Council approved moving forward with the process of forming a Community Facilities District (CFD). If approved by a vote of the hotel property owners included in the CFD, a special tax equivalent to 2% transient occupancy tax (TOT) would be placed on those eight hotels. This special tax would be pledged to finance portions of the publicly owned infrastructure for the proposed stadium project, up to a cap of $35 million (excluding debt service and other financing costs). At the same meeting, Council passed to print an Ordinance approving and adopting the proposed Amendment No. 20 to the Redevelopment Plan for the Bayshore North Project, which would expand the land use definitions to include stadiums.

•May 11, 2010, Council gave final approval for the formation of a Community Facilities District (CFD) as part of the proposed stadium project. The involved hotels voted unanimously to place a 2% special tax on their hotel room nights, to finance portions of the publicly owned infrastructure, up to a cap of $35 million. The hotel tax does not take effect until the stadium is opened. If the stadium ballot measure does not pass on June 8, the CFD would be dissolved.

•June 8, 2010, City of Santa Clara voters approved moving forward with the proposed stadium project (58.2% majority).

•June 15, 2010, the 49ers received a permit to place a temporary sign announcing the location of proposed stadium.

•October 12, 2010, Council approved the establishment of an Off-Site Parking Facilities program and fee for sports and entertainment venues north of Highway 101. This program and fee will allow the City to manage offsite parking facilities, particularly those used for stadium events, to ensure they are operated in a consistent and orderly fashion.

•November 9, 2010, Rezoning of the proposed stadium site from Public or Quasi Public and Public Park or Recreation (B) to Planned Development (PD) was accomplished, and and Council amended an existing Planned Development (PD) Zone; approval was granted of the architectural design of the stadium project, as well as approval of the tentative subdivision map for the project.

•February 22, 2011, Council passed to print an ordinance adopting an SB 211 amendment to remove the time limit to incur debt for the Bayshore North Redevelopment Project Area. The Council also passed to print an ordinance extending the life of the Bayshore North Redevelopment Project Area by one year, formed the Stadium Authority (SA), and approved a cooperation agreement for the Agency funding for the stadium project.

•March 21, 2011 – The Santa Clara Redevelopment Agency and Stadium Authority adopted a Resolution approving the Predevelopment Funding Agreement between the Redevelopment Agency, Stadium Authority and Forty Niners Stadium LLC, providing $4 million in funding from tax increment revenues for certain costs associated with the Stadium Project.

•April 5, 2011 – The Santa Clara Stadium Authority adopted a Resolution approving a Naming Rights Marketing Agreement between the Stadium Authority and the Forty Niners Stadium LLC (Stadco), providing Stadco the exclusive right to market the Naming Rights for the Stadium for a twenty-four month period.

•June 7, 2011 – A “Committee of the Whole” study session took place to provide an update to Council and the public on the status of the stadium project, specifically in the areas of the stadium lease structure, stadium management, and DDA and financing plan.

•June 14, 2011 – The Stadium Authority approved the Stadium Authority 2011-12 total budget of $1,555,080, to fund make-ready design work through December 2011, and for Stadium Authority administrative and consulting expenses through June 2012.

•July 5, 2011 – The Stadium Authority took several actions: 1) adopted a Resolution approving an Agreement for Stadium Builders License Sales between the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and Legends Premium Sales, LLC to market and sell Stadium Builders Licenses (SBLs); 2) selected Volume Services, Inc. (DBA Centerplate) as the concessionaire for the stadium and entered into an agreement with Centerplate and Stadco for concessions-related pre-opening services in the stadium; 3) adopted a resolution approving a Subcontractor Selection and Procurement Plan in order to implement the requirements of Senate Bill 43 (SB-43), which allows the Stadium Authority to award a design-build contract for the construction of the Stadium project under specific conditions; and 4) adopted a resolution approving an agreement with Stadco regarding stadium design in order to move forward with design development of the stadium.

•July 12, 2011 – The Council accepted the Montana Group’s proposal to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement for development of two City owned parcels in the vicinity of the Stadium Project for 18 months subject to conditions.

•November 15, 2011 – The Stadium Authority approved proceeding with make ready work for the Stadium site in the approximate amount of $10 million to relocate utilities, etc. to get the site ready for construction of the Stadium project; delegated authority to the City Manager/Executive Director to award bid contracts and approve change orders with reports to the Stadium Authority every two months; approved a new job specification for a Principal Planner position to work on the Transportation Management and Operations Plan (TMOP) as required in the Stadium Environmental Impact Report; and authorized City Manager to award bid contracts associated with Mission Substation construction which will help to replace the Tasman Drive substation to be moved away from the adjacent site.

•December 13, 2011 – After two public Study Sessions on December 6 and 8, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority approved a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) between the Stadium Authority and the 49ers Stadium Company (StadCo), which is the overall legal structure of the Stadium Project. The Stadium Authority also approved the Preliminary Finance Plan and related documents including financing commitment documents relating to the plan for the financing of the stadium. Both actions are significant steps toward the start of Stadium construction, anticipated for 2013. Key announcements included commitments for construction financing obtained from three lenders: Goldman, Sachs & Co., Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and U.S. Bank.

•January 10, 2012 – Approved Fourth Amendment to the Theme Park Ground Lease with Cedar Fair, accepted a Quitclaim Deed from Cedar Fair, granted an easement over certain property for the use of the parking for the Stadium, and approved a Parking Agreement with Cedar Fair.

•February 14, 2012 – Approved the Design-Build Agreement with Turner Devcon Joint Venture and Forty Niners Stadium, LLC for construction of a professional football Stadium, and approved the Construction Agency Agreement with Forty Niners Stadium, LLC for administration and management of Stadium construction.

•February 28, 2012 – Approved a Ground Lease between the City and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority for City-owned property to be developed for a professional football Stadium.

•2012: Actions include consideration and approval of appropriate lease documents, a project management agreement, a public improvement agreement, a Community Facilities District (CFD) reimbursement agreement, finalizing the Stadium design, issuance of construction permits, and the finalizing of a Stadium Financing Plan. The Final Financing Plan will outline in more detail the amount and timing of the various funding sources and demonstrate to the Stadium Authority’s satisfaction that sufficient assets, credit and revenue streams are available to timely fund the stadium construction.

•May 2012: Start of construction.

•2014: Opening of the stadium in time for the 2014 football season.

Dec. 6, 2012

Roger Goodell: NFL would help fund Oakland Raiders stadium

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 the league is willing to contribute funding to help build a stadium in Oakland to keep the Raiders in town.

Goodell said it is crucial that the Raiders improve their stadium situation. They currently play in outdated Coliseum and have said they would like a more modern facility at the same location. There have been talks between the team and city officials, but nothing concrete has happened as of yet.

“It’s our stage. It’s part of where we present our game. It’s the biggest part,” Goodell said. “It’s also really important to the fan experience. Having full stadiums is critical for us. We want to have our fans in the stadium, we want to make sure they have the best facilities, we want to make sure the teams can generate enough revenue to be successful and competitive.”

The NFL already contributed $200 million to help fund a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. Goodell said the league also would be able to fund a stadium for the Raiders if a deal was reached.

Goodell also said the Raiders could share the 49ers’ stadium when it is scheduled to open in 2014.

“The priority is what the community and the team work out,” Goodell said. “I think it’s a great benefit that there’s a stadium across the bay that’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility. That’s terrific. So that’s an option if this community and the Raiders choose that. But that’s a decision they have to make.”

There has speculation the Raiders could move back to Los Angeles if they don’t get their stadium situation resolved in the Bay Area. Goodell said there is nothing new on moving a team to Los Angeles, and it would take a three-quarters league vote for it to happen.

“It all comes down to a stadium solution,” Goodell said. “If we can find the right kind of stadium solution, we’ll work on a team at that point.”

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