SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – The San Francisco 49ers success on the field this season is helping off the field as well, as momentum grows for a possible new stadium in Santa Clara.

City leaders in Santa Clara will take up the issue of using $10 million in funds needed to support the prep work for the stadium this week.

Santa Clara Assistant City Manager Carol McCarthy said the team’s winning record is certainly helping to push the project along.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

“I think that builds some energy towards the potential sale of eventually, the stadium builder’s licenses. The 49ers have had no trouble selling the suites, as those have done remarkably well,” McCarthy said. “A winning season does help, but we’ve had this energy and enthusiasm for the last few years.”

McCarthy said there are still a number of critics of the proposed stadium, many of whom have doubts that it will be ready by 2015, especially with a price tag of $987 million.

The Santa Clara City Council is expected to take up the issue of using $10 million in current and future tax funds for the project on Tuesday.

They have also planned meetings throughout December to further discuss a financial plan for the project.

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