Venue News & Notes: From Parking Spaces to the Super Bowl

Officials in the city of Santa Clara, CA, said this week that the proposed 68,500-seat stadium for the San Francisco 49ers will be built on their site of choice. The deal between the city and the National Football League should be finalized in a closed-session meeting today, with details released later this week. The $900 million project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 season, and the stadium will be expandable to 74,000 seats for special events like the Super Bowl.

Santa Clara city officials said this week that the proposed 68,500-seat stadium for the San Francisco 49ers will be built on their preferred site: a 15-acre site now used as the overflow parking lot for California’s Great America amusement park. Final details of the deal between the city and National Football League team were expected to be hammered out at a May 26 closed-session meeting and released to the public May 29. A public hearing on the stadium, to be located on city-owned land at the southwest corner of Tasman Dr. and Centennial Dr., will be held June 2…

…A Michigan-based company plans to develop a 150-acre sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, IL, at a cost estimated at more than $300 million. Construction is expected to begin in about a year. Plans include a 9,000-seat arena, a 300-room hotel, an IMAX theater, a surf wave pool, a bicycle-manufacturing operation, restaurants, and facilities for tennis, basketball, hockey, and soccer. The site is near Interstate 70. Vandalia is about 70 miles east of St. Louis…

…FIFA is demanding that Malawi football authorities improve safety at their national stadium for World Cup qualifying matches. In a separate ruling released Tuesday, Kenya was ordered to switch its next World Cup home match from its preferred stadium after failing to meet safety standards required by the global governing body. FIFA stepped up action against the two African countries after 19 fans died and more than 130 were injured in a crush at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoir, before Ivory Coast played Malawi in March…

…Fans of the Omaha Royals should know by this Friday where their team will be playing. That’s when the Sarpy County, NE, Board of Commissioners makes its decision on where to build a new stadium. On Monday night, the Royals played in their long-time home. KETV NewsWatch 7 asked the fans at Rosenblatt Stadium what they think of the move. Most said that, although they would miss Rosenblatt Stadium and all the memories it holds, they know it’s time to move on.