The San Francisco 49ers have set the wheels in motion to leave the jurisdiction of the city of San Francisco and head on down to South Bay to take up residence in the city of Santa Clara. The stadium has already broken ground and could be ready for action by the 2014 season.
While the contract with Candlestick Park technically lasts until the 2015 season, there's a good chance the 49ers could be let out of it early to get moving out of their current abodes. Chris Robertson of NBC Bay Area files this report.
Under a deal brokered by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell, the 49ers would pay the city at least $1 million and as much as $4.295 million to depart Candlestick Park before the 2014 season, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
The proposed amendment to the team's lease, which has yet to be approved, includes promises by the 49ers that workers employed now at Candlestick Park would be offered jobs in Santa Clara, the newspaper reported. The city also promised to aid Santa Clara and 49ers officials to bid for the Super Bowl to be hosted at the new stadium
The 49ers have enjoyed a long and happy time at Candlestick. San Francisco started playing at the Stick in 1971, and ended up winning five Super Bowls and NFC Championships.
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