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Santa Clara keeps moving forward on new 49ers stadium

Last month, officials in Santa Clara cleared a major hurdle in connection with the construction of a new stadium at which the San Francisco 49ers would play.  But the process is far from over.

Howard Mintz of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Santa Clara City Council muat “continue to push through the countless procedural hoops” that remain.

On Tuesday, council members will vote on a $525,000 engineering contract associated with the relocation of an electric utility substation, a project that will account for $20 million of the $114 million in public funds to be devoted to the project.

The new stadium has a target date of 2014. 

The biggest remaining challenge comes from the ability of the 49ers to secure financing for their considerable share of the costs of the stadium.  Any struggles in this regard could lead to, possibly, the inclusion of the Raiders in the new venue and, theoretically, the scuttling of the project.

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20 Responses to “Santa Clara keeps moving forward on new 49ers stadium”
  1. robigd says: Jul 13, 2010 10:19 AM

    Wow. No Jaguars tag line?
    Florio, is this really you?

  2. prefab sprout says: Jul 13, 2010 10:28 AM

    It’s refreshing to see in these times of tough economics and city after city laying off cops and fireman and cutting basic services that Santa Clara has the financial clout to build a stadium.
    Oh wait-a second look actually shows they are having serious money problems too! You have to wonder how the taxpayers of the city feel about giving a handout to a billionaire (Denise Debartolo York).
    Thats some scam these NFL owners run on these towns…..

  3. mattgso says: Jul 13, 2010 10:29 AM

    If the 2 teams were smart, they’d share it. Think of the profits. It’s built and there. Only variable costs increase. You’d have a game every week of the NFL season.
    Fixed costs will be slightly higher than a single-team stadium but WAY less than TWO single-team stadiums.

  4. RaiderChile says: Jul 13, 2010 10:40 AM

    Al Davis will kill this deal. Raiders should never share with the Whinners!

  5. savagenation says: Jul 13, 2010 10:57 AM

    Screw the Raiders. I don’t want the low life criminal fans near our park

  6. savagenation says: Jul 13, 2010 11:00 AM

    Go to Raider game. Lots of orange jump suits since usually they’re let out of jail to attend the games on Sunday

  7. savagenation says: Jul 13, 2010 11:03 AM

    I don’t mind my tax dollars helping the deal. At least I know my tax dollars aren’t being pissed away on abusive welfare, crappy schools which I don’t use but pay for, overpaid government enployees……

  8. raiderrob21 says: Jul 13, 2010 11:23 AM

    The Raiders will NOT go to Santa Clara to share the Stadium. They will make the 49ers come to Oakland to build a new stadium, should they share. By the way, San Francisco is still working on a stadium deal too. They know that chances are it wont be finalized in Santa Clara.

  9. 49erFanLivingInDallas says: Jul 13, 2010 11:37 AM

    @ raiderrob21:
    did you even read the article?
    “By the way, San Francisco is still working on a stadium deal too.”
    What team do you think the article was about?

  10. rraider says: Jul 13, 2010 11:52 AM

    @49erFanLivingInDallas :
    That’s why your living in Dallas because you dont understand the bay area.
    raiderrob21 is trying to explain to you that the “city of San Francisco” is still moving forward with a stadium deal so “your” team will stay in San Fran proper not move 50 miles away to Santa Clara and that there is still alot of skeptism about the Santa Clara deal getting finalized.

  11. savagenation says: Jul 13, 2010 12:32 PM

    49ers will NEVER go to Oakland. They ‘d lose half their fan base which lives in South Bay. The 49er deal will happen in . Financing is as good as done.

  12. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 12:43 PM

    I have my doubts about Santa Clara ever becoming a reality as a one team stadium.
    It’s quite clear that 49er and Raider fans, for the most part, want no part of sharing a stadium with each other.
    However, for the better part of the last 30 years both of these teams have been looking for a new stadium. And where has that got them. Still stuck in the same old dumps. Hell, the Raiders were so desperate they were willing to renovate the LA Coliseum at one time. But they tucked their tails and crawled back to Oakland to the same old dump with only minor improvements.
    It’s time to admit the way they’ve been going about it hasn’t worked. Put your egos on the back burner and realize neither team is getting their own stadium. That’s financial reality in the Bay Area in the 21st century.

  13. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 13, 2010 1:09 PM

    @bigrig
    I gotta love that Mt Davis aka the ALps was only a minor improvement, and the minor improvement of the west side club.. only a minor 200 million…..might be different for the niners, but there are plenty of investors that would love to own the raiders, along with the rights to the LA market that they own.

  14. charliewade says: Jul 13, 2010 1:09 PM

    The Niners aren’t going to Santa Clara. They are using them to drive a better deal with the city of San Francisco. No one but the SC city politicians actually believe the Niners would come to a cow town like Santa Clara.
    If nothing else, the Niners won’t be able to get financing for the stadium. The NFL stadium fund is tapped out, which makes the whole thing moot.
    What I am curious about is why there was never any talk about sharing Stanford Stadium leading up to its recent major renovation. It hosted the 1984-85 Super Bowl and its renovation has made it a world class football stadium. Lay down FieldTurf and you could still use it as an NFL stadium.
    There must have been some real bad blood or feelings on The Farm for no discussions to even be publicly rumored.

  15. Dogsweat says: Jul 13, 2010 1:55 PM

    AL Davis would not share a Porta Potty with the 49ers.
    The ankle bracelet nation does not mix with the pink and gold.

  16. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 2:15 PM

    @1nationraidernation
    Do you think that building a third deck [that is empty most of the time anyway] and a cocktail lounge is as good as a brand new stadium? Al has been trying to bamboozle Oakland and LA for a stadium for the last 30 years.
    Where is it? Can you show it to me? I drive down 880 and all I see is the same old dump. Just because improvements cost 200 mil doesn’t mean they worth 200 mil.
    But you proved my point. Acting independently all the 49ers and Raiders can get is stadium facelifts
    Candlestick and the Oakland Coliseum are the Phyllis Diller of NFL stadiums.

  17. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 2:16 PM

    @1nationraidernation
    Do you think that building a third deck [that is empty most of the time anyway] and a cocktail lounge is as good as a brand new stadium? Al has been trying to bamboozle Oakland and LA for a stadium for the last 30 years.
    Where is it? Can you show it to me? I drive down 880 and all I see is the same old dump. Just because improvements cost 200 mil doesn’t mean they worth 200 mil.
    But you proved my point. Acting independently all the 49ers and Raiders can get is stadium facelifts
    Candlestick and the Oakland Coliseum are the Phyllis Diller of NFL stadiums.

  18. City_Native says: Jul 13, 2010 2:22 PM

    If the Raiders dont want to come to Santa Clara . . . then it will be the Los Angeles Raiders.

  19. bayrider49 says: Jul 13, 2010 2:24 PM

    “AL Davis would not share a Porta Potty with the 49ers.”
    That’s because he already shares the Coliseum with the Raider fans
    “The ankle bracelet nation does not mix with the pink and gold.”
    The ankle bracelet nations house arrest status does not allow it to mix with anyone, hence the BLACKOUTS..

  20. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 3:11 PM

    @1nationraidernation
    We have been hearing this owning the rights to LA crock for years.
    How much did AL pay the Rams for moving into LA since they technically owned LA by being there first?
    I’m guessing Al paid as much as he’ll get when the next team moves into LA.

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