A judge has ruled for big mean football at the expense of kids playing soccer.
OK, actually, a Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a Super Bowl over a rec soccer league, but it sounded more sinister the first way.
According to Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle, the judge denied the request to stop the city from handing over three soccer fields to Levi’s Stadium, which will become a parking lot and media complex for the game. There will be a preliminary injunction hearing Wednesday, keeping the fight alive for the 1,500 kids who play in the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League.
The NFL has offered an alternative which the soccer group doesn’t find suitable or available on weekends, and has doubts about the NFL’s promise to return the fields to their original condition after turning them into a parking lot. The scheduled date to have the fields back in their hands in March 2, but the group says that could displace as many as 250 games.
Those fields have been a contentious issue for some time, as the 49ers tried to buy them for their own parking lot near Levi’s Stadium.