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Statement on Forty Niners’ Lawsuit Contesting Termination of Stadium Management Agreement

Post Date:09/23/2019 1:42 PM

Santa Clara Stadium Authority

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2019

CONTACT: Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, 408-615-5515 or

Last week, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority (Stadium Authority) terminated an agreement that enables the Forty Niners Management Company (Forty Niners) to manage non-football entertainment events at Levi’s® Stadium on behalf of the Stadium Authority. The termination is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 15, 2019. In response, the Forty Niners filed a lawsuit in the Santa Clara Superior Court to block the termination.

The Stadium Authority’s termination of the management agreement is necessary, proper and legal under California state law and under the management agreement.

The Stadium Authority and the City of Santa Clara is pleased that the Forty Niners have decided that the public forum of California Superior Court is the appropriate place to resolve this dispute, rather than private arbitration. This transparent legal process affords the residents of Santa Clara, and other interested parties, an opportunity to learn why the Stadium Authority has terminated the contract and come to their own informed conclusions.


About the City of Santa Clara

Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to

About the Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Established to provide for the development and operation of Levi's® Stadium, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority exists as a public body, separate and distinct from the City of Santa Clara. The seven elected members of the City Council serve as the governing board for the Stadium Authority. The mayor serves as chair of the Stadium Authority, with the city manager as the executive director and the city attorney as the Stadium Authority’s general counsel. The City is not liable for the debts or obligations of the Stadium Authority.


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