Dispute Between 49ers, Santa Clara Youth Soccer Leagues Heats Up

A dispute between the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara youth soccer leagues over fields next to Levi's stadium is heating up.

The 49ers are presenting a proposal to take over the popular soccer fields, but some are calling it a "land grab." It is all expected to be debated at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Families, members and supporters of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League rallied outside city hall Tuesday to protest the 49ers’ proposal.

"We're just asking for a fair and equitable deal so the kids have a place to play. And the city should be taking care to make sure they get the value for the property," said Gabe Foo, a Santa Clara youth soccer coach.

The 49ers organization is seeking to lease the 11-acres of soccer fields in the shadow of Levi's Stadium.

The organization offered $15 million in pre-paid rent, which the 49ers say would help pay for a new, more versatile sports complex.

The 49ers' offer includes another $3 million to the local school district to also renovate three soccer fields.

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