By Robert Haugh
On Friday and Saturday nights, Taylor Swift sold out her concerts at Levi’s Stadiums.
But both concerts went past the 11 p.m. curfew.
According to press reports and some neighborhood residents, the Friday night concert ended around 11:40 p.m. The Saturday night concert ended around 11:35 p.m.
The fireworks show also happened later than was allowed and yielded neighborhood complaints.
On both nights, it took a couple of hours for crowds and traffic to disperse.
It’s not clear if 49ers management took efforts to enforce the curfew on either night.
In the past, the team, who manages non-NFL events at the stadium like concerts, has ignored the curfew.
And once the 49ers took over the City Council in 2020, they got the curfew changed to a later time at the team’s request.
And the 49er-friendly City Councilmembers voted to change the curfew the night after the team hosted them at a Monday Night Football game. No kidding.
Councilmember Karen Hardy even campaigned to fight to change the curfew “over my dead body.” Then flip-flopped to help the team after getting elected.
But it looks like it may not matter what time the curfew is set for.
The fine is a small amount for the team, only $1,000.
It’ll be interesting to see if the City takes stronger measures to force the team to take the curfew more seriously.
But some residents don’t think it’ll happen. Santa Clara community leader Burt Field said that his family and friends went to the show.
“It’s so great that both nights of the recent Taylor Swift concerts were sold out,” Field said.
“Sadly, it’s not a big surprise that the City isn’t enforcing the curfew. The 49er Five like to look the other way when the team breaks laws and ignores the needs and wants of residents.”
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain, and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team without reporting them and received $1 million each for their elections in November 2022.
In 2022, the team spent approximately $2.5 million for Becker in his failed attempt to unseat Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
The 49er Five met with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.