SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KTVU) - A judge has denied the injunction in the Santa Clara Youth Soccer case. Construction of the Super Bowl village on the fields near Levi's Stadium will continue as planned.
Judge Joseph Huber wrote, "While the Court understands and regrets the disruption that youth soccer players have already suffered, it expects that the City and the NFL will do their utmost to minimize any further issues and ensure the prompt return of the fields in good condition. In particular, the City has represented to the Court that is working diligently, through the Super Bowl host committee, to secure better alternative facilities for the Youth Soccer League's use during the Super Bowl, and the Court expects that these efforts will continue following this order."
The city of Santa Clara, the Host Committee, NFL and San Francisco 49ers have been working to secure the per license agreement. According to the Santa Clara City website, they've secured alternative soccer fields at Twin Creeks Sports Complex for use based on the schedules originally provided to the City by the Youth Soccer League.
In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes have now offered use of their main and practice fields to the soccer league on a temporary basis.
Tino Silva, Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President, expressed his disappointment in a written statement. “We will continue our lawsuit until the City of Santa Clara accepts responsibility by finding and funding fields for the kids who are still without enough soccer fields to play home games," the statement read.
The NFL is responsible to repair any damage to the filed caused by its use and is expected to return it to its original state no later than March 15, 2016.