Report: 49ers have options if Santa Clara stadium fails
Voters in Santa Clara, Calif., will head to the polls a week from today on June 8 and decide the fate of the San Francisco 49ers, at least as it pertains to a new stadium for the organization in the city.
The 49ers have spent big bucks with the hopes of drumming up enough support to push the measure through so they can soon break ground on a stadium that would replace the terribly antiquated Candlestick Park.
But the San Jose Mercury News reports that if the vote goes against the Niners – and the club is quite optimistic right now – there are fallback plans. The idea right now is to build a $937 million stadium adjacent to Great America, and the report indicates that polls show Measure J will do well. But those are just polls.
The 49ers could turn back to San Francisco for a potential site and even look across the bay to Oakland. Interestingly, former team president Carmen Policy is involved on a developer’s project to put a stadium in San Francisco at Hunters Point. From the perspective of the NFL, the move that makes the most sense is for the 49ers and Raiders to get on the same page and build a stadium together. They would share costs and a well-planned out stadium would surely bring the Super Bowl back to the region.
"I really believe the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is the best location for a stadium for the Raiders and the 49ers," Oakland City Councilman Ignacio de la Fuente, co-chair of the region's Coliseum Authority, told the Mercury News.
"There's nothing active," team president Jed York said when asked about fallback options. "If the vote isn't successful in Santa Clara, we're going to do everything we can to build a new stadium in Northern California."
Los Angeles has even been mentioned as a possibility for the club. The Los Angeles 49ers? We’d like to think the young York is savvy enough to find a way to keep the football club where it belongs in the Bay Area, or not far from it. That seems to be the goal of the organization. Stay tuned to see how the vote goes down next week.
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