49ers Fined by City for Violating Curfew — Again; But it’s Less Money and a Weaker Warning Letter Than Before

By Robert Haugh 

Last Friday, the City fined the 49ers management company (ManCo) for violating the stadium’s weekday curfew. 

The Rolling Stones concert on August 18 was on a Sunday. That means it had to finish by 10 p.m. That’s the stadium’s weekday curfew. But the concert finished around 11 p.m. — an hour after the curfew.

The curfew is 11 p.m. for Friday and Saturday nights.

Here’s an excerpt from City Manager Deanna Santana’s letter that we got from the City:

The fine was $1,550. That’s less than the $1,900 fine ManCo got the last time they violated the curfew. Coldplay blew by the curfew when they performed in 2017.  

This year, Santana is not including any cost for the staff time dealing with this issue. In 2017, the cost was $2,755 for staff time and added on top of the fine.

There’s also some strong language missing from Santana’s letter this year that she used in the past. In 2017, Santana said that ManCo violated the law and the stadium management agreement. 

 That language is a pretty big deal. But there’s no mention of it this year.

Confusion and Communication Problems

There’s been a lot of confusion and communication problems around this issue.

The days after the Rolling Stones concert, city staff and media reports said that Santana gave the team permission to play past 10 p.m. Santana now says that’s not true.

We surveyed the entire City Council. Everyone except Vice Mayor Patty Mahan responded. We sent her multiple emails. 

We learned that only Councilmembers Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal were told about the possibility of the Rolling Stones blowing by the curfew.

To add to the confusion, the City sent out a media advisory

The City officially told the public that the event would end at 10 p.m.  Santana now says that advisory was a mistake.

We hope the City fixes its communication problems.

We also hope the City figures out a stronger way to enforce the curfew for the sake of the neighborhoods. The fine doesn’t work. The 49ers make a lot of money on concerts and paying a small fine isn’t going to stop them from blowing by the curfew regularly.


  1. Would you please stop with false information. The 49ers do not make a dime on non NFL events, period. The city of Santa Clara makes all the profit from concerts. So let’s be clear that the city council is preventing the city from making money. By the way does the City owe each of us a refund since every other City let The Rolling Stones use fireworks to end their show??? These rules are nuts and that stadium should be booked every Friday and Saturday night.

    • John do you really think the 49ers are running non events for free ! Then the 49ers will win the super bowl this year and the Pope will make Jed York a Saint. The only thing we don’t share in is the % of profits on food and beverages per the contract. ( agreement and contracts on city website to read). Rules are rules and laws shall be followed. If the 49ers don’t agree then hand over their so call free service to the city, end of disput and law suites. Don’t believe for one minute there managing the stadium out of the goodness from their heart. It obvious they don’t have a heart.

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