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Forces align for and against Santa Clara stadium vote

Santa Clara 49ers Stadium Rendering.jpgOn June 8, registered voters in Santa Clara will decide whether to accept or reject a package aimed at financing a new stadium for the 49ers.

According to Howard Mintz of the San Jose Mercury News, a “furious campaign” has been launched regarding the measure.  Predictably, both sides are resorting to the time-honored political tactic of hyperbole and exaggeration.

Under the proposal, $114 million in public support would be provided.  The 49ers would contribute $493 million, an amount much higher than the portions shouldered in recent years by teams like the Colts ($100 million), the Cardinals ($143 million), and the Broncos ($143 million).  The remaining $330 million would come from the stadium authority, which will raise the money via Personal Seat Licenses, concessions, and naming rights.

It’s believed in some circles that the Santa Clara project ultimately won’t be viable unless the 49ers and the Raiders share the facility.  It’s also believed that the Raiders strongly prefer sharing a facility in Oakland.

Either way, the vote is going forward on June 8.  A positive outcome doesn’t guarantee that the stadium will be built.  If the “nays” win, it’s pretty much dead.

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22 Responses to “Forces align for and against Santa Clara stadium vote”
  1. back4dattack says: Apr 11, 2010 11:22 PM

    A billion!

  2. funi says: Apr 11, 2010 11:23 PM

    Enough already! Forty whiners will move to L.A.!!!

  3. jeball says: Apr 11, 2010 11:23 PM

    Great, why aren’t you reporting on the Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth rounder story?

  4. jimmySee says: Apr 11, 2010 11:23 PM

    If the 49′ers need to share the stadium, and the Raiders won’t cooperate, how about the Santa Clara Vikings?

  5. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:25 PM

    So would it be the Santa Clara 49ers and the Santa Clara Raiders? How dumb. Then again, I don’t know how far Santa Clara is from the Bay area and I’m too tired to look on the map.

  6. Dogsweat says: Apr 11, 2010 11:43 PM

    Los Angeles 49ERS 2012..

  7. RAIDERNATION_408 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:49 PM

    i would love a new stadium for the raiders even if we gotta share with wiiiners but please DONT STICK ME WITH PSL BS AGAIN, I HATE NEW STADIUMS WITH PSL’S

  8. kevinmack says: Apr 11, 2010 11:51 PM

    Positive outcome is a 99.99999999999% guarantee that it will be built!
    And 100% guarantee that the 49ers will NEVER Share a park in CHOKELAND!!
    This new park will be awesome, and only 5 min from my work!

  9. RaiderhateR4Life says: Apr 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    GoBrowns19- Santa Clara is about 35 miles south of SF, so it’s still in the Bay. Both teams would keep their City’s names just like the Cowgirls in Irvine TX.

  10. MasterShake says: Apr 12, 2010 12:12 AM

    @GoBrowns19
    Pretty much right at the bottom on the bay. This has to do with the A’s moving south as well (San Jose). Geography is a hell of a drug.

  11. sfout says: Apr 12, 2010 12:42 AM

    Santa Clara is maybe 35 miles away from SF and Oakland mutually and its right at the bottom of the bay inlet….it’s the best option for both the niners and oakland. Neither team will like playing in the others’ city so if both teams agree an extra 60-75 miles a day on their cars is worth it they should be pushing for this thing completely.
    I live in Utah where the MLS team Real Salt Lake plays in a suburb called Sandy thats 20 miles South of downtown Salt Lake and everyone still happy calls them RSL….Not too mention pretty much every league has at least 1 pair of teams that plays for the same city or in the same stadium and has to deal with it.

  12. windex666 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:49 AM

    Oakland is a steaming pile of crap and so are their fans. The Raiders need to move to L.A. and take their fans with them.

  13. Deel says: Apr 12, 2010 12:52 AM

    “So would it be the Santa Clara 49ers and the Santa Clara Raiders? How dumb. ”
    Right, just as dumb as the East Rutherford Jets/Giants, the Arlington Cowboys, the Landover (Maryland) Redskins and the myriad other teams in the league that don’t play in their namesake city.

  14. seancramento says: Apr 12, 2010 1:00 AM

    Why would the Raiders share a stadium with the 40-winers……………i don’t see a “Red-Hole” coming anytime soon.

  15. EDM says: Apr 12, 2010 1:13 AM

    Another case of taxpayers funding facilities for billionaires and all the revenue generated goes in the billionaire’s pockets. These owners have no conscience and even stoop to rape a poor state like Cali. Hope they all rot in the afterlife for being so greedy and gluttonous.

  16. hairyfupa says: Apr 12, 2010 1:26 AM

    I don’t care where the stadium is built, I love the idea of having a 50-Foot Dwight Clark in a photo of “the Catch”.
    The 49ers are footing a huge portion of the cost, there’s no way this gets voted “nay”. As a San Francisco fan, I can’t care less if the stadium is shared with the Raiders. It doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Jets/Giants, other than coin toss arguments.

  17. Dogsweat says: Apr 12, 2010 2:37 AM

    The Raiders will never share anything with Butt Jockeys from Frisco.
    The Raiders front office knows the bill in Santa Clara will fail.
    Hence —leaving the 49ers with no new stadium and at the mercy of the Raiders, in which the Raiders will tell them politely to GFT…..
    The 49ers are perfect for Los Angeles.
    Stick a “LA” on the helmet instead of the “SF” and you have a winner..

  18. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    “These owners have no conscience and even stoop to rape a poor state like Cali.”
    That ass is pretty worn out after getting raped by Pelosi, Feinstein et al.

  19. 49erJohnny says: Apr 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    If the voters of Santa Clara have any sense they will vote no on this thing. 49ers want 100 million dollars of Santa Clara’s tax payers money. Santa Clara is a small city they don’t owe the 49ers nothing and cant afford to be giving the 49ers 100 million of their hard earned tax dollars. 49ers aren’t Santa Clara’s financial responsibility and shouldn’t give the 49ers a dime.

  20. raiders177 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:44 PM

    # kevinmack says: April 11, 2010 11:51 PM
    Positive outcome is a 99.99999999999% guarantee that it will be built!
    And 100% guarantee that the 49ers will NEVER Share a park in CHOKELAND!!
    This new park will be awesome, and only 5 min from my work!
    ______________________________________
    Until the stadium is built, then 5 minutes turns into 35 minutes.

  21. epping16 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:57 PM

    I don’t know anything about Santa Clara….but do you know what an NFL franchise can do for a small city? They would more than get back their 100 mil by having the 9ers in town 8+ times a year.

  22. ReadyRanger says: Apr 19, 2010 3:11 AM

    IF the Stadium is built, there WILL be (PSL) personal seat licenses … it is one of the ways that the 49ers are requiring the City of Santa Clara to raise the money to pay off the $330 MILLION BBB- bond! And the loan from the 49ers at 8.5% interest too. You see, not only is the City providing $114 million but will have to find (oops, meant finance) $330 MILLION in low grade, BBB- bonds AND the stadium WILL divert $67 MILLION from the City’s general fund too!
    In short … the City of Santa Clara and the 49er fans are going to take it in the shorts to get the pleasure of having a stadium.
    So, in conclusion … VOTE NO on Measure J … it is a huge risk to Santa Clara taxpayers AND will only guarantee benefits to the Yorks!! IF the Yorks want a new stadium so bad — pay for the damn thing yourselves and get off our back!! We, like you, are not in the stadium business! Go find a sucker somewhere else to build your white elephant.
    Yorks/49ers … GO AWAY … and Vote No on Measure J.

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