Santa Clara 49ers Stadium to Open in 2014

The contractor would be fined $6 million for each 49ers game missed if the stadium is not ready by an August 2014 deadline.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012  |  Updated 1:59 PM PDT
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Santa Clara officials are aiming to open the planned new 49ers' stadium in 2014, a year earlier than originally projected.

City officials are expected to approve an $878 million building contract on Tuesday that requires construction to begin by July 1 and the stadium to be completed in time to open at the end of August 2014.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the contractor, Turner Devcon, would be fined $6 million for each 49ers game missed after that deadline, plus daily fines that could hit $20 million.

The NFL awarded $200 million for the project last week — the last piece of funding needed for construction to begin. The team and city officials had previously secured $850 million in bank loans.

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