A youth soccer league ousted from its fields by the NFL may have found a new place to play and resolution to a lawsuit over the displacement.
For the past two weeks, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League has been fighting the city of Santa Clara and the NFL in court after the latter took over public fields to build a media village for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium. The lawsuit contends that the city handed over the fields without public input and in violation of the park’s use permit.
The Santa Clara soccer group said the city’s deal with the NFL leaves some 1,500 youth athletes without a home. Soccer advocates also raised concerns about the NFL’s construction damaging the public soccer park.
Earlier this week, however, with a judge poised to issue a ruling on the case, the San Jose Earthquakes offered to share two fields at Avaya Stadium with the youth league. According to the Mercury News, the NFL, Super Bowl host committee and the San Francisco 49ers have been discussing the offer for the past week.
Soccer advocates previously offered to back down from seeking an injunction to keep the NFL off the parkland if the city foots the bill for alternate fields. The Earthquakes said they would keep the cost at a minimum by waiving rental fees and billing only for maintenance and electricity.