The San Francisco 49ers have been able to save face by rescheduling a Girl Scout sleepover at Levi Stadium on May 14. The 49ers initially decided to cancel the sleepover event due to a clause in the contract that allowed the football team to cancel the event if another group came along that would provide more money for the 49ers. The Girl Scout event has been rescheduled for the following week on May 21. Spokesman for San Francisco, Bob Lange, commented on the Girl Scout event.
“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a positive resolution with the Girl Scouts of Northern California regarding the scheduling conflict at Levi’s Stadium.”
The San Francisco 49ers entered into a contract with the Girl Scouts of Northern California to reward them for selling a large amount of cookies. It is estimated that 1,200 Girl Scouts would be participating in selling the required 600 boxes of cookies needed in order to attend the sleepover event at Levi Stadium. The sleepover event was going to allow the girls to spend time with the 49ers cheerleaders, hang out with the mascot, and enjoy movie and pizza on the 50-yard-line.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 4, 2016
“They’re running a business, and I guess I’m sorry their relationship with us wasn’t valued as highly as some other things.”
Marina Park first learned about the 49ers plan to cancel the sleepover shortly after a tweet was posted from the CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York, posing in front of a Girl Scout stand full of cookies for sale.
— Jed York (@JedYork) February 3, 2016
The 49ers have not released any information on what concert would be performing on May 14 or how much money the concert would generate for the stadium. When news that the sleepover event was canceled due to an opportunity to make more money, an uproar was made. Parents took to social media to express their disappointment in the 49ers.
“I think the messaging sucks — making lucrative decisions more important than promises to a bunch of little girls,” Allison Curletto, mother of two Girl Scouts said.
“Needless to say, the girls are heartbroken,” an unidentified mother from Morgan Hill said. She also stated that the 49ers believe that money is more important “than thousands of Girl Scouts who give back to their community year round.”
Another unidentified mother stated that her daughter “wanted to cry” when she heard the news.
The outcry did not last long and the 49ers released a new statement that solved the problem.
“It is unfortunate that scheduling conflicts of this nature arise from time to time, but we are dedicated to working through all hurdles with our customers to deliver satisfactory options. The 49ers organization has had a great relationship through the years with the Girl Scouts and we are thrilled to welcome them to Levi’s Stadium.”
At the end of the day, the San Francisco 49ers are a business and businesses stay in business by making money. The Girl Scouts entered into a contract where it was clearly stated that the 49ers could opt out. Luckily, the 49ers were able to accommodate and hold up their end of the contract, just a week later. If nothing else, this gives the Girl Scouts an extra week to sell the 600 boxes of cookies that they need to sell in order to attend the sleepover at Levi Stadium.
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