The 49ers play the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sept. 20, 2010
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San Francisco and the Santa Clara-bound 49ers have buried the hatchet — at least for now. The Chronicle reports that the two sides have reached a new lease agreement that will keep the team in Candlestick until at least 2014:
"The deal, which still needs the approval of the Recreation and Park Commission and the Board of Supervisors, gives the Niners more flexibility to pull up stakes and move to Santa Clara but also settles a $60 million maintenance claim the team had filed against the city, a precursor to a lawsuit.
"The 49ers' current Candlestick Park lease expires after the 2012 season. Renewing the lease would mean signing on for another five years. But the team hopes to move into a proposed stadium in Santa Clara in 2015 and doesn't want to be on the hook to San Francisco for years of rent for a decaying stadium it's not using."
The city and the team's relationship has been rancorous at best ever since the Yorks took over the team, ultimately leading the 49ers to search for a new home in Santa Clara. Originally the team hoped to open up in 2014, but it has pushed the date back a year because of a lack of financing for the billion-dollar project.