Santa Clara Youth Soccer League Seeks Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Soccer Fields from Super Bowl Damage

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts Tino Silva, SCYSL President
Steve Robertson, SCYSL Vice President
Gabe Foo, SCYSL Board of Director Member

Copy of Santa Clara Youth Soccer League Complaint vs. the City of Santa Clara and NFL - January 4, 2016

Santa Clara, CA, Wednesday, December 30, 2015- The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is making one more effort to save our Santa Clara Youth Soccer players from being sacked by the Super Bowl. The soccer league is seeking a temporary restraining order against the City on Thursday at the California Superior Court in San Jose. On December 15h, the Santa Clara City Council gave authority to the City Manager to finish negotiating the use of the Youth Soccer Park to the NFL.

Court house Appearance and Press Release
Thursday, December 31, 2015
California Superior Court (Santa Clara County)
Honorable Joseph Huber, Department 21
161 N. First St., San Jose, CA  95113

  • 8:30 am – Santa Clara Youth Soccer League Files Court Papers  (arrive in time to park and get through security)
  • 8:40am-9:30am – Superior Court Appearance (media welcome)
  • Approximately 9:30am – Press Conference Outside Courtroom (Steve Robertson, SCYSL)

The City broke the law when it agreed to close the entire Youth Soccer Park, without holding a legally required public hearing to discuss whether it would be proper to do so. Instead, by a 4-3 vote, the City Council effectively allowed the City Manager to close the Youth Soccer Park and turn it over to the NFL. The four votes came from Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and Councilmembers Pat Kolstad, Dominic Caserta and Jerry Marsalli.

This week, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League will ask the California Superior Court to stop the City from handing over the Youth Soccer Park to the NFL. The City's soccer-field contract allows the NFL to build a huge media village to host 6,000 journalists on the Soccer Park's three fields. It means that the NFL will rip out the soccer dugouts, tear-out the fencing that is cemented into the ground, cover the fields with plywood to build a giant media village, and drive heavy trucks and forklifts onto the international quality soccer fields. The City and NFL will ruin the fields. Equally troubling, it is unclear when -- and in what shape -- the fields will be returned.

Disturbingly, the City has refused to find suitable replacement fields that can host the nearly 200 games that are scheduled between Jan.-Apr. 2016. 6,000 kids will be left without a place to play, and this jeopardizes seasons and kids who are playing for college scholarships.

“Fortunately, it's not too late for the City to find a solution to make things right,” said Tino Silva, President of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League.” While no one wants to disrupt any part of the Super Bowl, the City has a legal -- and moral -- responsibility to protect its children's rights and prevent community assets from needless destruction,” Mr. Silva added.

The battle over the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park stems from the San Francisco 49ers’ attempt to buy the soccer park property from the City through a closed door City Council Meeting last March. The 49ers’ offer of $15 million for the 11-acre Youth Soccer Park facility was a small fraction of the fair-market value. The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League orchestrated a huge protest at City Hall in March 2016, and stopped the City from selling the land out from under the kids. The City had made no provision to secure replacement soccer fields before they attempted to sell the fields.

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is a non-profit youth soccer organization founded in 1980 to provide recreational, competitive and Top Soccer programs. The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is organized under the California Youth Soccer Association. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for youth players of all levels of skill to participate in soccer programs. # # #




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