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New 49ers stadium now set to open a year early, in 2014

The new home for the San Francisco 49ers will be a reality even sooner than planned.  According to the San Jose Mercury News, the stadium in Santa Clara will be ready for the 2014 season, a year earlier than previously expected.

“We’re going to be playing football here in 2014,” Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said Friday.  “I have no doubt whatsoever.”

This means the Niners will spend only two more seasons at Candlestick Park, once the final arrangement to build the stadium is approved on Tuesday by Santa Clara officials.  The firm building the stadium will be required to start by July 1, 2012 and to finish by late August 2014.  Failure to deliver the stadium on a timely basis will result in penalties of $6 million for each 49ers game missed, along with daily fines that could reach $20 million.  If the stadium is finished in time for the 2014 preseason, a $5 million bonus will be paid.

Per the Mercury News, the penalties could cause the construction firm to actually lose money if the stadium isn’t finished on time.

Previously, the goal had been to start construction in January 2013 and open the stadium in 2015.  The finalization of funding, including most recently $200 million from the league, has allowed the timetable to be accelerated.

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31 Responses to “New 49ers stadium now set to open a year early, in 2014”
  1. tmcb7 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:39 PM

    based on the photo…
    it looks like the same floor plan/idea as Philips Arena in Atlanta with all the suites on one side.

  2. jshawaii22 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:42 PM

    The Construction company won’t lose anything. They will buy insurance that provides the $$$ if they fail to complete on time, or they already have a running policy.

    This is a standard insurance policy in the construction business.


  3. eknirb says: Feb 11, 2012 10:47 PM

    Bout time. The Stick needs to be blown up. A rusting, embarrassing relic that has seen better…decades.

  4. thom4msu says: Feb 11, 2012 10:51 PM

    I built my first house in 3 weeks. It was all good. Then the wind blew at 25 miles per hour and it was all over.

  5. shawon0meter says: Feb 11, 2012 10:52 PM

    u mad vikings fans?

  6. briang123 says: Feb 11, 2012 11:24 PM

    And they’ll be hosting Super Bowl LI or LII for sure. Let’s not forget that Super Bowl XXXIX, the one in Jacksonville, was first given to the new San Francisco stadium that obviously never came about.

  7. detroitcityryda says: Feb 11, 2012 11:57 PM

    A lot will go down by then we might not even be playing football if the planned war with Iran kicks off the final chapter .

  8. illinininer says: Feb 12, 2012 12:02 AM

    Too bad there’s no chance to host Super Bowl IL.

  9. raidersfreak says: Feb 12, 2012 12:09 AM

    It is a beautiful stadium if you watch the animated sky to ground level video.

    Looks perfect for the niners and I hope the Raiders don’t become co tenants. They need to get their own project together.

    Congratz to the Niners they have played in that old dump for to long. It is sad whn it take a whole qtr of football to yank money from the ATM just to try to get a watered down beer because your still sh1t faced from the tail gating party.

    I had some good times in San Fran parking lot with some great hospitality. Beers and BBQ floating everywhere. I met some cool heads from around the So Cal area that ended up being an extended group for us traveling to Oakland and San diego games. Good time for sure, but the niners tailgating parties right their on the bay water was the best IMO

  10. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 12, 2012 12:33 AM


    “u mad” that’s so original.. did you make that up? you are definately the coolest guy on this website. HAHAHAHA all these laughs are for you funny guy.

  11. rollteal says: Feb 12, 2012 12:53 AM

    Well Jacksonville was well placed to host a super bowl, and will again.

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 12, 2012 1:49 AM

    I’ll miss Candkestick. Love it or hate it, that old stadium produced some serious magic and still will in the next two years

  13. techvet says: Feb 12, 2012 1:52 AM

    So…Raiders and Niners won’t be sharing a park?

  14. megatronownsyou says: Feb 12, 2012 2:04 AM

    I bet Harbaugh will find some reason to be pissed about this.
    Thumbs if you think think SF is back to 9-7 next year.

  15. mj5150 says: Feb 12, 2012 2:41 AM

    YES-us Vikings fans are MAD!! LOL but not just about the stadium-our legislature in general are a bunch of do nothing idiots-they couldn’t even pass a budget last year and had to shut the government down for a month- what else should we expect from them? LOL

  16. db105 says: Feb 12, 2012 4:07 AM

    Another venue where the average fan gets priced out.

  17. minormillikin says: Feb 12, 2012 4:35 AM

    2015: 9ers fans will get all warm and fuzzy with false recollections of how grand old Candlestick park was.

  18. lookatthefarside says: Feb 12, 2012 5:08 AM

    Santa Clara 49ers doesn’t sound right nor does the New Jersey Giants or the Maryland Redskins.

  19. henryholland666 says: Feb 12, 2012 5:19 AM

    Wait a minute, the NFL actually kicked in some $ to get a stadium built? I think the universe is going to collapse in on itself now.

    Dear NFL:

    Please spend money on the new Vikings stadium being proposed to be built next to the Collapsing Roof so that the Vikings stay where they belong.

    However, do not give the Spanos Goofs a penny, have them move the Chargers to the AEG stadium next to Staples.

    LA NFL fans

  20. i10east says: Feb 12, 2012 5:30 AM


    How can a Super Bowl be ‘given’ to a city (SF) prior to the official announcement?

  21. ironworker329 says: Feb 12, 2012 7:42 AM

    Ironworkers! Start your engines! Lol

  22. sisqsage says: Feb 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    Only two more years of Candlestink. Nice.
    Look next for a lucrative stadium naming rights deal struck with a highflying Silicon Valley tech heavyweight.

  23. joeinoh says: Feb 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    Let me get this straight.

    Lowest bid + politicians pushing penalty ladden timeline + Earthquake prone location = ?

  24. sixjak says: Feb 12, 2012 10:12 AM

    Yay. Bout time. Hope it’s designed to be loud. And yeah I’m sure Harbuagh is going to find something to get mad at cuz that’s ALL he does. Hey noob, remember John Madden as a coach?

  25. trollhammer20 says: Feb 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    All of California is an earthquake prone location.

    As for the rebuild, nice to see they’re getting new digs. The ‘Stick was horrible. Too bad that in the process ticket prices are being jacked to the point where only local CEOs will be able to afford to take a family of four.

  26. cali49er707 says: Feb 12, 2012 10:21 AM

    no more having to drive through the HOOD with only one way in & one way out????DAMN that sucks jk GO9ERS

  27. billybatty says: Feb 12, 2012 10:28 AM

    Wow they must be building it with all non union labor, cause everyone knows it takes longer and costs more with unions. Not.

  28. davikes says: Feb 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    Vikings fans take note, the NFL chipped in $200 million for the niners stadium. Zygi wants to put in $400 million, with $200 coming from the NFL. Then he wants naming rights, worth $150 million. Then he wants concessions, parking, etc. revenue. He really wants a free stadium. Dig deeper Zygi.

  29. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Looks like Mark Davis will be reserving a few UHaul trucks soon.

  30. ceadderman says: Feb 12, 2012 9:05 PM

    You mad at ticket Prices having to go up? Vote the fools in San Francisco out of office. They’re the people responsible for this. Could have had a Stadium for A LOT less than what it’s getting build for now.

    They had FIFTEEN years to get it done and the Failed epically.

    I don’t want the 9ers playin in Santa Clara, but if that’s the only way the 9ers get into a new Stadium then EFF those losers in San Francisco City Government!

  31. TIM says: Feb 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    2014 should be Colin Kaepernicks 2nd full season as starting QB for the Niners ! Sounds like great timing for a stud QB like him to get a little experience in the NFL and then move to a new stadium and lead his team to SB victory #6+++++ ! Great job by owner Jed York ! He took over the team 2 years ago and now he has the Coach of the year in Jim Harbaugh and the executive of the year in GM Trent Baalke and has what was the best team in the NFL in 2011,except for a few bad breaks in the Championship game and except that his Franchise QB was still raw and not ready and they had to use a lesser talent in Alex Smith ,they would already have #6.

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