Key milestones achieved for 49ers' new stadium

Key milestones achieved for 49ers' new stadium

July 6, 2011

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(Santa Clara, Calif. July 6, 2011)The Santa Clara Stadium Authority unanimously approved several crucial steps last night that move forward the construction of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium home. These approvals are key milestones for the stadium and signal the next phase of progress for the Santa Clara venue.

These decisions trigger preparation for the procurement process which translates to jobs, the final design process, the marketing and sales campaign and the initiation of planning for the food and beverage offerings at the stadium, said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie L. Matthews.

The Stadium Authority approved the procurement process that will be utilized to hire subcontractors to perform some 500 million in construction trade work for the stadium. That process, which will result in new jobs for the region, will get underway this fall.

Also approved last night was the selection of Legends Premium Sales as the sports marketing sales agency of record to manage and sell Stadium Builders Licenses (SBLs).

Legends will hire an experienced SBL sales staff later this year and will begin selling seat licenses in January of 2012. The SBL program will provide fans with a wide range of benefits and all proceeds from these sales go directly to stadium construction.

Another decision gave approval to accept a pre-opening contract with Centerplate, the nations leading food and hospitality provider and the teams current partner at Candlestick Park. That agreement allows Centerplate to assist in the planning process for all event hospitality and merchandise services at the new stadium. Centerplate has been the hospitality partner for Candlestick for nearly two decades.

We recommended Centerplate because the company presented plans that will capture the diverse culinary flair of the Bay Area, said Paraag Marathe, Chief Operating Officer for the 49ers. They endorse the City and the 49er commitments to innovate and be the first in the next generation of stadium fare, in both traditional and gourmet offerings, for stadium guests.

Centerplate will take an active role in assisting with the design of the hospitality and merchandise areas in the new stadium. In addition to providing excellent food & beverage experiences, the group will work with the Stadium Authority and the 49ers on branding and offering a fresh, new look for consumers.

Other approvals last night included two resolutions around the design and development of the stadium including the green light to move forward with the next stage of design development.

-- San Francisco 49ers Media Services

Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his late father

Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his late father

SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly made his strongest statement, yet, about where he stands when it comes to seeking jobs elsewhere.

It is a view of commitment he said he learned from his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday at the age of 87. Kelly returned from his dad’s funeral in Portland, Maine, late Tuesday night.

Kelly held his typical Wednesday press briefing. Afterward, he went to the practice field, where numerous 49ers players greeted him with hugs. Just moments earlier, he guaranteed he will never leave a team while there are games remaining on the schedule.

“I will never leave my job for another job while a season is going on,” Kelly said. “I don’t think that’s fair. I didn’t do it when I was in college. I didn’t talk to anybody in the National Football League until after our bowl game was over.

“I will not leave a team with three games to go because I got a bigger, better deal. That’s not the way I’m wired. “

Kelly added, “It’s one thing I did learn from my dad. I have a commitment. They’ve made a commitment to me and I make a commitment to them. I’m not searching around and looking for other jobs while I have a job."

Despite stating multiple times in recent weeks he would not be returning to coach in the college ranks, Kelly’s name continued to surface in connection with the Oregon job. That possibility officially closed on Wednesday morning, as Oregon hired former South Florida coach Willie Taggart for the job.

Kelly’s father passed away on Friday night. Chip Kelly flew to the northeast to join his family, including his mother, who urged him to coach the 49ers’ game on Sunday in Chicago.

After the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, Kelly returned to Maine to attend the services.

"I think you’re just really thankful for the time we had with him," Kelly said. "He lived a vibrant and long life, 87 years. He touched a lot of people in his life and it was evident to us yesterday when we had the funeral how many people came and expressed their condolences and reached out. He had a huge impact in his life. I think, it’s a difficult time. I think we all feel for my mom more than anything else, but it’s an opportunity to celebrate the times that we had with him and he was just a great man.”

Kelly described his dad as a “life-long learner” who had a “thirst for knowledge, an insatiable appetite for information.”

According to his obituary, which ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Paul Kelly taught the four Kelly rules to his kids at a young age:

Rule #1 - Have fun!
Rule #2 - Stick together!
Rule #3 - Love Mom!
Rule #4 -&%$*# Dad!

Chip Kelly has demonstrated a wry sense of humor during his first season with the 49ers. But he said he does not compare to his father.

"I don’t have any sense of humor compared to my dad," Kelly said. "I think he was special in that manner. He just had a zest for life. He was one of the happiest people you ever met.

The obituary also stated Paul Kelly was “a truly devoted San Francisco 49ers fan.”

“My dad’s loyal now," Chip Kelly said. "He knows where his son was. He actually got buried in 49ers gear. He did not want to wear a suit in the coffin. He wore a suit for his whole career as a trial lawyer, but he wanted to wear a 49ers sweat suit when he passed away.”

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.