49ers get OK to start building new stadium in Santa Clara

Construction on 68,000-seat stadium next to Great America theme park could start shortly

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the new 49ers stadium and its backers Monday, paving the way for construction to begin as early as spring, according to the Santa Clara city attorney.

Monday's ruling by Judge Peter Kirwan blocks opposition efforts to put the project back on the ballot. Voters initially approved the project with Measure J in June 2010.

Opponents of the project argue that the $850 million bank loan for the stadium would burden the residents and bankrupt the city.

Santa Clara Plays Fair, a group opposing the stadium project, led a campaign to collect more than 5,000 valid signatures to put the project

back on the ballot.

The council authorized City Attorney Ren Nosky to file legal action in court and papers were filed several weeks ago, Nosky said.

City and stadium officials can now move forward with taking steps toward financing the stadium and beginning construction, he said.

"We're happy with the ruling," Nosky said.

Nosky said construction on the 68,000-seat stadium next to Great America theme park is expected to begin by spring or early summer this year.

A spokesman for Santa Clara Plays Fair was not immediately available for comment.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Mr. Smith goes to Santa Clara
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Game day commute time from Pleasanton/Tri-Valley to Candlestick Park = 1.5+ hours.

Rush hour commute time from Pleasanton/Tri-Valley to Great America = 45 min.-1 hour.

So sorry to see "The Stick" fade completely from my sports memory but just as I was sad to see the Giants move to Pac-Bell/AT&T park I'm sure we'll all forget what a pit that place is once the new stadium is built.

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