By Robert Haugh
It’s hard to believe the 49ers when they talk about the stadium. They’ve been misstating facts and breaking promises to the City for a long time.
Last week’s story by Thy Vo in the Mercury News reminded us of that. The 49ers say they’re losing money because of the weekday stadium curfew.
She quotes 49ers exec Rahul Chandhok.
“The Mayor has played politics and refused to correct, or even address, her music ban. Residents have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue and music lovers have been denied an opportunity to view world-class events.”
Chandhok is the same guy that went nuts when the team lost an arbitration in August. The 49ers tried to lower their own rent by $170 million, but failed. The City will gain $180 million from that decision.
What music ban? The weekday stadium curfew has existed since 2010. That’s when the 49ers negotiated the agreement to manage the stadium. That’s when they agreed to the curfew. Apparently, Chandhok doesn’t know that. He should check out the City’s Levi’s Stadium FYI page:
“Night outdoor non-NFL events shall be scheduled to end no later than 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 pm Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise approved by the City Manager or their designee.
The Santa Clara City Council approved Resolution 10-7784 on November 9, 2010.”
Oh, by the way, Lisa Gillmor was not on the Council in 2010. So it’s not her music ban.
The only person on the team or City who was around then and signed off on the agreements was Jed York. So maybe Chandhok should call it “Jed’s music ban.”
‘No One” will Play at Levi’s Because of Curfew?
Chandhok also said that the curfew is going drive away acts. Really?
“He (Chandhok) pointed to comments by a major concert promoter, Louis Messina, who said in a 2017 interview that the city is “going to lose so much revenue,” and “no one is going to play a building with a 10 p.m. curfew.”
But the facts don’t support Chandhok — or Messina.
For example, Taylor Swift played at Levi’s on May 11, 2018. That was only a year after Messina made his comment that “no one” will play at Levi’s. Swift is not a “no one.”
May 11 was a Friday so the curfew was 11 p.m. No problem. The tickets sold so well that a second concert was added for May 12, according to the the Mercury News.
Oh, by the way, Taylor Swift’s concert promoter is … Louis Messina.
The 49ers management and Chandhok have no credibility when they talk about the stadium, especially when they say things that aren’t supported by the facts. And they quote people who say things that aren’t supported by the facts.
Let’s hope the City Council and City staff ignore them.