The journey to hosting Super Bowl 50 started over seven years ago when Council Member Kevin Moore sent a letter to the NFL Commissioner requesting the NFL consider Santa Clara as the site for a new 49ers stadium. This request came in the middle of negotiations the 49ers were having with the City of San Francisco that were not progressing. Kevin’s letter could not have been better timed since it triggered the NFL and the 49ers to shift their focus to Santa Clara.
After much public discussion, the City Council approved Measure J which asked the citizens of Santa Clara to decide on whether or not the 49ers stadium should be built in Santa Clara. During the debate that ensued over the passage of Measure J, the Chamber of Commerce and many other proponents envisioned a huge positive economic impact to Santa Clara and the region with higher hotel occupancy, filled restaurants, new development around the stadium site and the hosting of large events like a Super Bowl. Of course, the opponents contended none of this would happen and the stadium would do nothing positive for Santa Clara and the region.
Fast forward to the present where we recently received approval to host Super Bowl 50, Related California is considering our city for a 230 acre mixed development across the street from the Levi’s Stadium, new hotels are being considered for development and an existing hotel is considering expansion to name just a few projects under consideration.
We are just beginning to see how the Levi’s Stadium will continue transforming Santa Clara and the region in positive ways. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been a strong supporter of this transformational project and looks forward to continuing our support for continued economic growth around the stadium that Council Member Kevin Moore started over seven years ago.