The San Francisco 49ers are probably on the move in the very near future. The proposed stadium in Santa Clara seems to be on its way to being built, with just a few more steps needed for things to really get going.
Stephanie Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that one crucial step has been made. The ground lease is in place that secures the ground for a new stadium that will be constructed in Santa Clara.
In another step that solidifies the 49ers' move from San Francisco, a ground lease for the football team's new stadium was approved by the Santa Clara Stadium Authority Tuesday night.
The authority voted 5-2 to approve the first of two parts of a 40-year ground lease, which authorizes use of the site to allow construction to start by July on the 68,500-seat stadium, which will cost a little more than $1 billion and be located next to the Great America theme park.
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