At the historic San Francisco 49ers stadium groundbreaking on April 19th, owner Jed York once again reaffirmed the team’s plans to bid on Super Bowl 50 or 51. If the effort succeeds, it would mean an economic boom to the city of Santa Clara filling local hotels, restaurants, and other businesses.
The new $1.2 billion stadium’s groundbreaking took place on a sun-filled afternoon with team representatives, local officials, and invited guests gathered together to celebrate. 49ers owner Jed York noted the Santa Clara stadium would be the first football-only stadium built in California in 50 years. Red and gold confetti fell from the air as the York family and city leaders dug shovels into the 49ers logo located on the ceremonial field created for the event. City leaders involved in the groundbreaking included Mayor Jamie Matthews and council members Lisa Gillmor, Pat Kolstad, Patricia Mahan, and Kevin Moore.
In addition to an entire football field, the star-studded event included local flavor with performances by Wilcox High School cheerleaders, the Santa Clara Vanguard, and an appearance by Miss Santa Clara, Caitlin Hoemmelmeyer. The 68,500 seat stadium is scheduled to open in August, 2014.