The NFL committee in charge of selecting sites for the Super Bowl has told the San Francisco 49ers if the stadium is built the sport’s biggest game of the year will be held in Santa Clara. Nothing is official as the committee said to the 49ers they will “support and encourage a Super Bowl bid” if Santa Clara voters approve public funding for the new stadium.
A recent poll conducted by the San Jose Mercury News and KGO-TV shows support for the measure with 52 percent of likely voters backing Measure J, 36 percent against with 11 percent undecided. Santa Clarans go to the polls on June 8. Measure J could go either way and I do not think it is a coincidence that the NFL committee came out with the statement if you build it they will come so close to the vote. Certainly Santa Clara residents backing the measure and 49er team officials will point to the Super Bowl possibly being held at the new stadium as a way to push people still on the fence into voting yes.
I have been strongly against moving the team to Santa Clara for multiple reasons. The tradition of the team being in San Francisco would be lost, the reasons for the front office not wanting to build a stadium in San Francisco was motivated mainly by money and the promise of public funds and the fact that Monday and Thursday night football games would be passed up by the 49ers because of parking and traffic issues in the area. I see no reason why the NFL committee didn’t come out and say they would also support bringing the Super Bowl to a stadium built in San Francisco. The NFL up until yesterday has said they prefer the new 49ers stadium to be built in San Francisco. I don’t understand why the NFL would change their minds now with the vote a little more than a month away. Clearly they are trying to influence the decision Santa Clara voters are trying to make.
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