San Francisco Agrees to Keep the 49ers for Another 4 Years

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14: Frank Groe #21 of the San Francisco 49ers enters the field for their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frank Gore

    San Francisco will be home to the 49ers for at least the next four years.

    The City's Recreation and Park Commission, who runs Candlestick Park, approved an agreement to keep the team at the stadium through 2015.

    The agreement between the City and the team would change the current lease between the two and give the team rent credits for deferred maintenance and safety at the stadium.

    The move is also a step in improving the sometimes frosty relationship between the team and San Francisco. Current 49ers President Jed York and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom were known not to be the best of friends.

    Interim Mayor Ed Lee said his first week on the job that he wanted to make sure he improved the City's relationship with the team. He also said he wanted to try and keep the 49ers in San Francisco.

    But Thursday York spoke with KNBR's Gary Radnich and said while the team is awaiting for the NFL to resolve its labor dispute with its players, the team is still planning to move forward to build a stadium in Santa Clara by 2015.

    Under the new agreement the 49ers could leave Candlestick Park a year early or trigger a series of one year lease renewals if the Santa Clara project is not completed in time.