SANTA CLARA -- The San Francisco 49ers will soon be playing their home games on the corner of Marie P DeBartolo Way and Bill Walsh Drive.
The city of Santa Clara said Monday it will name two small streets bordering the Niners new stadium after 49ers luminaries at the request of the team's front office.
DeBartolo, the matriarch of the 49ers ownership family who died in 1987, will have her name on the new street that will replace torn-up Centennial Boulevard south of Tasman Drive, an area that has been closed for construction. The official address of the $1.2 billion stadium will be 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way when it opens in 2014.
The team's headquarters has long been at 4949 Centennial, next to the 49ers
To the south of the stadium, a new street serving the back of the 49ers training facility and the rear of the stadium will be named after Walsh, the Hall of Fame coach who died in 2007. No doubt the sign marking the street, reached via Stars and Stripes Drive, will be a popular photo spot for fans.
The streets will also serve the existing Youth Soccer Park, which will also continue to have its own less-hectic entrance off Stars and Stripes Drive.
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