The San Francisco 49ers issued a news release Thursday stating that their new stadium will open in 2014 even as $30 million in public funding remains in dispute.
A judge issued an order preventing the county from moving forward with plans to shift the money from the stadium toward other priorities, including education. That order remains in place until a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
In the meantime, stadium construction will move forward as planned. That is what matters from a football standpoint.
Losing the $30 million would not jeopardize stadium construction or compromise the team's ability to fund its football operations in the short term. The 49ers strengthened their financial base this offseason by welcoming as minority owners Silicon Valley player Gideon Yu and investor Mark Wan, a limited partner in the Boston Celtics.