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.
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.
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.