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Levi's Stadium May Have Solved Parking Issues As 49ers Secure Thousands Of Spaces

The 49ers are "close to securing a total of 31,500 parking spaces -- some, albeit, about a mile from Levi's Stadium," according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The new parking spaces are "about 10,000 more than called for in the stadium deal" approved by Santa Clara voters. The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday "approved a deal to park as many as 5,000 cars on the fairways at the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club, an 18-hole public course near the stadium that is privately run." The 49ers as part of the deal "will pay the city a minimum of $250,000 a year -- a portion of which will be used to reimburse the golf course's operator for any losses." Santa Clara city Public Communications Manager Dan Beerman said that the team "had figured they would have to spend a couple of seasons at their new, 68,500-seat stadium before they worked out their parking problems and could host 'Monday Night Football.'" But he said his "understanding now is we will be able to hold these games" as early as the '14 season. However, the 49ers' parking deal at the golf club "is good for only two years -- because the club site itself is slated for eventual development" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/16).
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