By Robert Haugh
At last night’s Santa Clara City Council meeting, no information was presented on the July 2 Levi’s Stadium stabbing during the soccer match between Mexico and Qatar even though the Mayor and Council requested it.
The assailant allegedly brought a large knife into the facility raising questions about the security.
City staff had no information on the incident that appeared all over social media.
And the 49ers Stadium Manager Francine Hughes did not show up to answer any questions.
According to City Manager Jovan Grogan, Hughes was advised by lawyers not to comment publicly on the incident in case of future legal action.
Hughes has been the subject of stadium security controversy in the past.
According to a lengthy San Francisco Chronicle story in May, “the San Francisco 49ers’ newly hired general manager for Levi’s Stadium, had a brief, turbulent career in the sports business in Los Angeles: She oversaw Dodger Stadium security during the worst episode of fan violence in franchise history.”
Police Chief Pat Nikolai did show up last night to share some general information about stadium security. He said that Levi’s Stadium is one of the safest NFL stadiums.
But the City Council wanted more answers on neighborhood safety, parking, and vandalism. So a future meeting will have to be held to discuss those issues.
Grogan also said that he’s looking for a company to evaluate stadium security procedures but will wait until after the football and concert seasons to do a study.
That means no information will be available until 2024.
Let’s nope no one gets stabbed again between now and then.