Rally in San Francisco to Keep the 49ers in Town


Join fellow San Franciscans and the 49er Faithful Wednesday, May 5, at 6:00PM upstairs at Pete’s Tavern- across from AT&T Park on King Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, to learn about what’s right with the San Francisco stadium plan for a new, privately financed football stadium for our San Francisco 49ers at Hunters Point and what wrong with the plan to try to squeeze a football stadium on an undersized, underparked and transit challenged site in Santa Clara that utilized hundreds of millions in public funds and new ticket licenses. Join San Francisco City and County Planning Commission member Mike Antonini, who is leading the City’s efforts to keep the 49ers in SF, to hear all the details and to get these facts out in the open.  I will be in attendance, see you there!

San Francisco stadium site vs. Santa Clara stadium site:

Population

  • Of an estimated population of over 10 million that provides most of the fan base for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, well over 80% of this population resides to the north of the Santa Clara stadium site.
  • Less than 20% of this population resides to the south of that Santa Clara site.
  • Over 1,000,000 people live within 7 miles of the Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point site in San Francisco.
  • At most, only 260,000 people live within 7 miles of the Santa Clara site.

Public Transit

  • The transit options in San Francisco are more numerous than those in Santa Clara. San Francisco and adjoining Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco have 11 BART stations in close proximity (within 5 miles) to the Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point site- some as close as 3 miles.

  • The nearest BART station to the Santa Clara site is 15 miles away. The robust San Francisco light rail system, MUNI METRO, has a stop within one mile of the stadium site at Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point.  There is no robust light rail system in the South Bay.
  • CAL TRAIN also has a stop within 2 miles of the Hunters Point stadium site and existing CAL TRAIN tracks, that could be utilized, run directly into Hunters Point.
  • The nearest CAL TRAIN station to the Santa Clara site is 4.8 miles.

Access and Parking

  • The available site at Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point Shipyard has over 700 available acres.

  • The Santa Clara site is tiny, only 17 acres- of which the stadium will consume over 14 acres.
  • No problem exists with providing over 23,000 game day parking spots at Hunters Point.
  • Parking presents a huge problem at Santa Clara- only 2,700 spots would be on site. There is no guarantee that additional parking could be leased from adjoining businesses, and it is unlikely that any leased parking would be available for week games.
  • While a number of freeways are in the general vicinity of the Santa Clara stadium site, none are as close as are HWY 101 and INTERSTATE 280 to Hunters Point.
  • The lots at Hunters Point can be cleared within one hour. Game day utilization of public transit will be much higher in San Francisco than in Santa Clara.
  • Parkways conveying travel from freeways to the Santa Clara site would need to be closed to all non game traffic on game days. Even then, exiting times from the Santa Clara site for 70,000 fans, almost all of whom would be in cars, would be unacceptably high.

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  • http://www.sfweekly.com Joe Eskenazi

    Eric, this is Joe Eskenazi from SF Weekly. I’m interested in talking to you about your Save the Niners rally. Please write me an e-mail ASAP, and we can set up a phone interview.

    Best,

    JE

  • http://www.santaclaraplaysfair.org SantaClaran

    Eric,
    Here’s the deal in a nutshell:
    68,500 fans will descend on Santa Clara with no centralized parking.
    22,000 cars with only about 3000 spots onsite-and the media trucks and team parking will take up part of that
    2000 estimated employees will need parking too
    160 police officers is how they plan to handle traffic
    31 police checkpoints
    4 roads closed
    neighborhoods cordoned off – 25% of Santa Clara’s population lives north of HWY 101 in 95054, the zip code of the proposed stadium site
    After 3 years of studies, there are no contracts in place for parking. Private businesses will have to agree to rent out their lots. No guarantees anyone will want tailgating- open grills and drinking in their parking lots.
    For the residents living nearby, they will be virtual prisoners in their neighborhoods because of the gridlocked traffic and police checkpoints (they have to show i,d. to get to their homes).
    The substation will be moved to be right behind a residential neighborhood, with noise 24/7 that the EIR states could be unacceptable. Residents who live there AREN’T BEING TOLD ANY OF THIS unless they ask for a speaker from Santa Clara Plays Fair to come and talk to them. Then, their jaws drop when they realize how bad the traffic/parking/noise problems will be.
    Our mayor and city council majority have just thrown the people who live near the stadium site under the bus. People are afraid their property values will go down because of loss of use of their properties.

  • Doug

    I want to go and support the cause, but am unable to attend. Please post up notes and important points of the meeting, for those of us supporters who can not make it. Appreciate it.

  • http://NinerNoise mizg

    On May 6th there was a Debate between the Pro/Con side of the proposed stadium’s MEASURE *J*. Here are some links to watch a few clips from the debate…

    http://www.youtube.com/SCvoter#p/u/5/JE39LjcRtxk

    And

    http://www.youtube.com/SCvoter
    Watch, and decide for yourself, which side has nothing to lose….

    THE NEXT DEBATE WILL BE HELD ON MAY 16th at 2:00-4:00pm. THE LOCATION IS AT, 3003 SCOTT BLVD., SANTA CLARA, CA.
    FOR MORE INFO CALL SANTA CLARA PLAYS FAIR: (877)703-4300