Another Levis’ Stadium Concert Blows Past Curfew
Stadium Does Not Empty Quickly – Loitering, Trash an Issue
By Robert Haugh
Coldplay violated Santa Clara’s 10 p.m. weekday stadium curfew last night at their music concert. The band started playing at around 9 p.m. and stopped playing around 10:55 p.m.
The 49ers who manage the stadium said days ago that they would do nothing to enforce the curfew and said Police Chief Mike Sellers was responsible.
Sellers was spotted at the concert, but did not take any action to enforce the curfew.
According to our sources, police officers at the stadium were given no specific instructions to enforce the curfew. Sellers did not respond to email questions when we asked him earlier yesterday if he had warned the team or the concert organizers to respect the curfew.
We visited the concert area in the Northside to see how quickly the crowd dispersed after the show ended. With helicopters circling above, lights shining bright and late-night fireworks, last night’s Coldplay concert irritated Northside residents. Here’s some video:
Congestion leaving Levi’s stadium (note this is traffic coming from Great America Parkway, toward 101, only way to access Great America Parkway was via exiting the parking lots of Levi’s Stadium)
The end of the concert at around 10:55 p.m., including fireworks:
What we saw was in contrast to what 49ers executive Jim Mercurio said at the Sept. 26 Council meeting: “we can probably exit that stadium in less than 30 minutes,” for Non-NFL events.
The stadium did not empty within 30 minutes. It was closer to 90 minutes. Crowds of people were still around the stadium and the adjoining neighborhoods at around midnight.
We have heard reports from residents and business owners of lots of trash (mostly bottles and cans, and even dirty diapers!), loitering, public drunkenness, graffiti, urination and defecation following events. That’s a an issue for local businesses as well as residents that we’ll address in the future.