Santa Clara to put stadium proposal on June ballot

A photo of what the new 49ers stadium could look like in Santa Clara if negotiations succeed.

December 9, 2009 7:01:42 AM PST
Santa Clara officials have given formal approval to put the proposed 49ers stadium project on next June's ballot.

Tuesday night, the city council first certified an environmental impact report in order to move the $937 million project forward.

But a last-minute lawsuit threatens to throw a wrench into the works. The owner of the Great America theme park, which leases the parking lot where the stadium would be built, filed a lawsuit on Monday.

It claims the city violated state laws by approving a stadium agreement without first doing an environmental study.

The theme park owner says it would be willing to drop its lawsuit, if the city renegotiates Great America's rental agreement.