|After the 2013, San Francisco doesn't plan to return to Candlestick Park. (US Presswire)|
It sounds like the 49ers might have only two years left to play in Candlestick Park. As Bloomberg reports, the city council of Santa Clara, Ca., on Tuesday night approved 5-1 an $878.6 million contract that will allow a $1 billion stadium to be built.
With the NFL already approving a $200 million loan that will cover some building costs, construction is scheduled to begin in July, about six months early. This allows the 49ers to leave Candlestick a season earlier than originally expected.
According to NBC Bay Area, the construction must be completed by August 2014, and if not, the builder, Turner-Devcon, will owe millions of dollars in fines (as in $6 million per home game missed).
All of which is great news for the 49ers, who have played in Candlestick for the past five decades.
Plus, it’s totally good news for those who like to watch their NFL football with the lights turned on.
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