The 49ers appear to have added yet another city to their list of potential new stadium locations. Recently the Niner’s organization contacted the Bay Area city of Brisbane about a possible stadium location which Brisbane officials say they are open to listening to. The other two options are the current location of the rotting concrete that is Candlestick Park (which the Niner’s seem to want no part of) and in Santa Clara next to the Great American amusement park. Here are the problems that plague both which could be reasons why the Niner’s are now talking with the city of Brisbane.
On June 3 voters in San Francisco will get vote on Proposition G and F, both call for Candlestick Point to be redeveloped with housing, parks, offices, and retail stores, along with a POTENTIAL new 49ers stadium. The stadium is considered potential because it depends on the Niner’s wanting to house it there.
Problem is the Niner’s don’t like the idea of the Candlestick site because it calls for a parking garage the Niner’s say would ruin the experience of tailgating for the fans. Valid point, but in November 2006, the Niner’s next move was to try to get a stadium in Santa Clara which is south of San Francisco.
The city of San Francisco countered with a proposal for a new stadium to be built in Hunters Point which is an old navy shipyard filled with toxic materials. The City said it would have more open parking to ease the Niner’s concerns. The Niner’s rejected that idea as well because they said it would take years and too much money to clean up the site and they would not be able to move into a new stadium by 2012, their deadline for a new stadium.
While voters in San Francisco will voice their opinion in June, Santa Clara voters will decide in November whether or not to approve a proposed stadium which would be partly funded by public money. Problem with this is anytime you are dealing with building a new stadium using public money the opposition can easily persuade voters that the public money can be used for something much more useful like the city’s infrastructure or its public schools.
Another problem is the company that owns Great American amusement park, Cedar Fair, is trying to include not only the land but the amusement park as well in the purchase. That is all the Niner’s need is another distraction for the York family and bringing the team back to respectability. They can barely run the Niner’s and yet they entertain the idea of running an amusement park as well.
With three cities now in the mix the Niner’s seem nowhere closer to not only getting a new stadium but also deciding which city they want their stadium housed. Which brings up a new poll question, what should the 49ers be called if they move to Santa Clara or Brisbane?
Fun Fact: All three of the NFL California teams, 49ers, Raiders, and Chargers, have aging and out of date stadiums. Seems there is nowhere to build a new stadium in California.