49ers to Push for Early Stadium Opening: Report

Team may try to open a new Santa Clara home in 2014 and break ground next year.

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    A rendering of the 49ers new Santa Clara stadium, which according to reports could open a year earlier than expected.

    The San Francisco 49ers dream season may have gotten a little dreamier Monday.

    The team's quest to build a new stadium in Santa Clara may shockingly be running ahead of schedule.

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    [BAY] Raw Video: 49ers Walk Through Stadium Suite of the Future
    This is what the suites will look like at the 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011)

    Matier and Ross of San Francisco Chronicle fame report that the team may be pushing towards an earlier opening for the proposed stadium.

    The 49ers, they say, are planning to submit a financial plan to the city with an eye on groundbreaking as early as the end of 2013.

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    [BAY] Raw Video: 49ers Set up Stadium Mock Up
    The new $2.5 million dollar center in Santa Clara has nearly as many bells and whistles as the real stadium does. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011)

    That would push the opening of the new stadium, adjacent to the Great America theme park, up to 2014. One year ahead of where it is projected to be opened right now.

    Jed York and company still have plenty of hurdles to overcome, mainly in the name of finance.

    The team must secure a huge junk of the stadium's funding from 60,000 seat licenses that the team will put up for sale at the start of next year.

    Meanwhile the 49ers have been making some strides towards building the stadium and eliminating other potential roadblocks.

    The team broke ground on a parking structure for the stadium earlier this year and unveiled a virtual way for fans to get a look at potential seats.

    The York family also joined a group to purchase Great America, whose owners vocally opposed the stadium plan.