The 49ers have a problem with parking at new Levi’s Stadium. Specifically, there aren’t enough parking spaces to accommodate fans on game days. It’s a big issue.
But it seems the team has found at least a temporary fix to ease the crush of cars that will undoubtedly gum up the works in their hometown of Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers have agreed to pay $12.5 million to nearby amusement park Great America to close the park on game days and use its 6,500 parking spaces, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Great America is less than a mile away from Levi’s Stadium, and while there’s no word as to how fans will make it from the parking lot to the stadium, the new arrangement should help traffic in the short term. Santa Clara does own the land where Great America stands, and the park does pay the city a little more than $5 million a year in rent. The city also gets a percentage whenever Great America’s revenue exceeds a certain level.
However, the park’s parent company — Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. — owns the parking lot and is free to make whatever side deals it wants. And what’s more, the city can’t collect a dime from that. However, despite losing a day of potential revenue at the park, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews isn’t worried, saying if the 49ers’ money helps Cedar Fair’s overall revenue enough, the city will still get its share.
But what about those poor people who want to throw up after eating nachos and riding roller coasters? Who is thinking about them?