By Robert Haugh
The San Francisco Business Times reported recently that the 49ers have plans to renovate 170 VIP stadium suites. It’s “a potential eight-figure project” just for the VIPs.
But they’re not just putting in some new carpeting.
“…it also will mean the addition of bocce ball, shuffleboard and pool surfaces in ‘club’ areas where suite-goers can mingle before or after 49ers games, concerts and other events, according to the publication.
“Team officials aren’t saying exactly how much the project will cost, but the 49ers will pay for it through the franchise’s capital expenditure budget.”
But the City doesn’t have any information about it. That’s standard operating procedure for the 49ers when it comes to the City, especially now that the 49er Five rubber stamp the team’s requests.
“You wouldn’t completely remodel an apartment building and not tell the property owner,” (Mayor Lisa) Gillmor said, highlighting the relationship between the city and its stadium authority and the 49ers’ stadium management.
The publication also noted last year’s grand jury report about how poorly the 49ers have managed the stadium for the City:
“The civil grand jury report in October, which noted the city lost $2.8 million on eight non-NFL events in 2019-20, said the 49ers stadium management company “has not been forthcoming with detailed documentation.” The report admonished the 49ers and the team-backed voting bloc on Santa Clara City Council for stonewalling accountability of the 49ers’ stadium management organization.”
The story also appears in the Silicon Valley Business Journal but is behind a paywall.