Turf war brewing against 49ers' new stadium

Youth Soccer League fields nest to the new 49ers Levi Stadium
March 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A turf war is brewing in Santa Clara. Soccer parents say the 49ers aren't following through on their promise to provide new fields.

Their current fields are right next to the new Levi's Stadium, and on seven Sundays when the 49ers are scheduled to play, game traffic would prohibit families from using the youth soccer park.

To avoid the mess, the 49ers proposed revitalizing three alternative fields, but now it looks like that deal may be falling through.

"There's no signed documentation, it is not part of the contract, but Jed York said in a letter that he was committed," said Matt Heintz, the Santa Clara Soccer president.

"The city is committed to spending $2 million to help facilitate the building of the site somewhere in the city of Santa Clara," said Dan Beerman, the spokesperson for the city of Santa Clara.

The Youth Soccer League president says the 49ers are only offering to support new fields if the soccer park gives up its parking lot. The 49ers would only tell us that they're currently in talks with the city.


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