Soccer league files lawsuit over NFL occupancy for Super Bowl 50 –

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The peeved parents of a youth soccer league in Santa Clara are seeking legal action after losing soccer fields for the next two months due to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.

According to Ramona Giwargis of the San Jose Mercury News, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League filed a suit on Wednesday in hopes of stopping the NFL from taking over soccer fields adjacent to the stadium. The space is expected to used as a media village for the Super Bowl, a stipulation agreed upon by the city in bidding for the championship in 2013.

“We’re not trying to ruin the Super Bowl,” said Gautam Dutta, an attorney representing soccer league. “But we want to make sure the kids are provided for. And right now, time’s up. The fields could be paved over as early as Monday.”

The NFL would have access to the fields from January 4 to March 2. Afterward, the NFL has agreed to replace the fields, but that isn’t viewed as satisfactory by the soccer league, which will have displace up to 250 soccer games during the occupation.


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