One of the less-publicized injustices has been to the youth soccer kids and teams that use the soccer fields by the stadium. Jed York, the owner of the 49ers, originally committed to building new soccer fields for the ones that would be lost to the new stadium. Then, after stadium construction started, he changed his mind, saying that the offer would good only if the existing soccer fields would be made available for parking on weekends. In the end he did nothing - and neither the Santa Clara City Council nor Mayor Jamie Matthews did anything, since they were so happy to get their stadium.
Fast forward to the Super Bowl. The city made the existing soccer fields available to the NFL for two months so that a press facility could be built. The fields themselves will be destroyed in the process and will have to be rebuilt. But the use of the soccer fields for a purpose other than soccer violates the use permit, and the city didn't hold a public hearing as required prior to their agreeing to give the fields to the NFL. There's no place to play the games, and there's no clear plan concerning the rebuild of the fields once the Super Bowl is over.
As a result, Santa Clara Youth Soccer has filed a lawsuit.
Even though I don't live in Santa Clara, I resent the bad treatment of the soccer league by the city. I sincerely hope the lawsuit is successful and that the city leaders learn a bit about honesty from their experience.
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