The next big concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara could go later into the night after a vote by the city council last week. After denying curfew extensions for years, council members voted 4 to 3 in favor of allowing the 49ers to host five non-NFL events on weeknights each year that can go until 11 p.m.
The old curfew forced concerts to end by 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Concerts were already permitted to go until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. According to the Mercury News, the new agreement allows for fireworks and pyrotechnics and the city council could grant extensions to go beyond the five events.
Levi’s Stadium is in the district of council member Kathy Watanabe, who voted against the curfew extension. Councilmember Kevin Park and Mayor Lisa Gillmor also didn’t support it. Gillmor blasted the 49ers, in fact, saying their events lose revenue and cost taxpayers money. She’s right. According to city documents obtained by thenMercury News, non-NFL events at Levi’s lost $2.6 million in 2018 and 2019. “They’re not good managers. They’re not capable of booking money-making events at the stadium, as is evidenced by the fact that the events that they’re booking, especially the non-NFL sports events, are losing money dramatically,” Gillmor told the paper.
But the Niners have said for years that part of the reason they lose money is because of Santa Clara’s 10 p.m. curfew. The team released its own statement blasting the mayor and city manager while calling the extension “thoughtful” and a way to move “past the petty political disputes and dysfunction under Mayor Gillmor and Manager Santana.”
“This decision will help draw world-class entertainment to Santa Clara and will not only excite those in our community who love live music, but will also generate necessary revenue for the City of Santa Clara, local hotels, and small business,” the statement says.
Many people living nearby are upset that the music will be playing past 10 p.m. on weeknights. "I feel like maybe during the week it’s a little too much, especially for younger kids. I do have a younger sister who attends school during the day, and then I work really early in the morning. So I try to go to bed early but it’s kind of hard when you have noise from the stadium,” resident Arion Lewis told NBC Bay Area.