49ers will get out of Candlestick Park lease a year early

With construction of the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers expected to be completed in time for the 2014 season, the club has managed to escape its lease at Candlestick Park a year early.

According to CSN Bay Area, provided the new stadium is ready, the 49ers will be released from their lease early. The club will still be required to pay the city of San Francisco the minimum rent for the 2014 season at Candlestick Park, but city officials are not sticking it to the club.

The city did not want to lose the club to Santa Clara, which is 35 miles to the south, but reality is setting in. As part of the deal, the 49ers will contribute $1 million to the Recreation and Parks Department, money that will be used to support programs for youth.

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