Chief Operating Officer Paraag Marathe called Thursday’s ground breaking ceremony in Santa Clara another material sign of progress in the 49ers quest to build a new 68,500-seat stadium in Santa Clara.
The six-story, 1,820 space garage adjacent to the Santa Clara Convention Center is a $25 million dollar project that will be paid fully by the city’s art redevelopment funds that were previously in place. The garage should be ready for use by fall of 2012.
City officials, team officials and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews were some of the notable figures on hand for the ceremony held across the street from the future site of the 49ers new stadium on Tasman Drive.
“It means one more step in a long marathon to get this stadium built and this was a significant thing for us because its ample parking that just happens to be across the street,” Marathe told 49ers.com. “Today is an important day, Tuesday was an important day and we’re going to have several more going forward.”
Marathe was referring to Santa Clara’s Stadium Authority approving several crucial steps earlier in the week that will enable the 49ers to do some ground breaking of their own very soon.
“We’re very close,” Marathe said of the team’s plans to begin building a new stadium. “I think we’ve made a lot of significant milestones certainly in the last several weeks, but also over the course of the last year. Today is just another step. I think the city has made a lot of great progress as evidenced by today and I think they’ve been a great partner. It’s just one more milestone that brings us closer to our goal of breaking ground and building a stadium.”
Though plans to start building the stadium are 18 months away, Marathe was excited to see Thursday’s ceremony take place. He’s also looking forward to seeing how the state-of-the-art parking garage impacts the experience of the 49ers Faithful who attend home games.
“I think it’s really important. Fans deserve it,” he said. “Right now we already have 40,000 parking spots within a 20-minute walk and this adds almost 2,000 more that happen to be within a hop, skip and a jump away from the stadium.”
Matthews echoed Marathe’s sentiments and did so with a similar upbeat demeanor.
“This is another great step forward in the stadium project becoming a reality,” Matthews said. “This is one small scoop for one large shovel that will happen in 18 months here with the 49ers stadium happening in Santa Clara. This is in direct relations to it, so I consider it to be a very soft opening day for us as we move forward with the project.”
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