Ed Sheeran cancels Levi’s show over 10 p.m. curfew
A curfew ban at Levi’s Stadium has forced a Grammy-award winning artist to drop an upcoming 2018 concert date at the Santa Clara venue.
The San Francisco 49ers confirmed on Monday that Ed Sheeran canceled a potential tour date at Levi’s Stadium because of the Santa Clara City Council-imposed 10 p.m. curfew imposed on weeknight events at the facility.
Sheeran announced his 2018 concert lineup on his Instagram account and his website over the weekend and the Santa Clara tour stop wasn’t on the list.
49ers team president Al Guido said in a statement Monday that Sheeran’s show:
“… will no longer come to Levi’s Stadium because after being warned that the music ban would cost the stadium future shows, (Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor) played politics and refused to correct, or even address, the music ban.”
The 49ers say that curfew is costing the community money. Guido said:
“Now the community is paying the price.”
“Four-thousand hard-working individuals have lost their right to work, residents have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue, and music lovers have been denied an opportunity to view a world-class concert.” Gillmor claimed to be surprised by the rejection on Monday.
“This potential concert loss is news to us,” she said in a statement. “We would appreciate the Forty-Niners Stadium Management Company bringing the data and the financial details before the Stadium Authority, particularly since we met just met last week.” 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said today that Guido’s reference to losing million in revenue was referring to the previously estimated $100 million in concert revenue over the life of the building.
“Concerts have made between $600,000 and $800,000 per concert for the city’s general fund since the building opened,” Lange said via email.
The Santa Clara City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today and is scheduled to discuss the next non-NFL event to be held at the stadium during a weekday, a Coldplay concert scheduled for Oct. 4.
At today’s meeting, “we’ll discuss numerous opportunities to improve how city-owned Levi’s Stadium is managed on behalf of Santa Clara, our neighborhoods and stadium guests,” Gillmor said.
According to the city’s website, the team and the city have gone back and forth on the Oct. 4 concert’s finishing time since late August.
The team sent the city a letter on Aug. 29 saying the Coldplay concert would likely pass the 10 p.m. curfew time. The City Council had declined an extension to 11 p.m. in a 4-3 vote at a stadium authority meeting on Aug. 24.
Santa Clara city spokeswoman Jennifer Yamaguma said that after the motion for a one-time curfew extension failed, the Stadium Authority Board unanimously approved commencing an outreach process to identify a potential community benefits package for impacted residents.
“While the city manager has authority to approve a curfew extension, it was City Manager (Rajeev) Batra’s practice to bring requests before the council/stadium authority to seek their guidance,” Yamaguma said.
Today’s meeting at City Hall at 1500 Warburton Ave. will be the last for Batra. He is retiring, and new city manager Deanna Santana will start next Monday.