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49ers get $200 million in NFL money for new stadium

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The 49ers’ quest to build a new stadium in Santa Clara got a big shot in the arm on Thursday.

The NFL allocated $200 million in funds from the stadium fund established in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement for the construction of a new 49ers stadium in the South Bay. The rest of the financing was in place via loans contingent on the NFL kicking in money and money from Santa Clara in the form of a hotel tax and local redevelopment funds.

“With the NFL’s muscle now behind the new stadium, we are moving forward,” said 49ers CEO Jed York in a statement. “I expect an official groundbreaking ceremony very soon. Get your hard hats ready; we are embarking on the path to the next generation of 49ers football.”

According to the 49ers, the new stadium will cost $1.02 billion. It is expected to be finished by the start of the 2015 season.

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46 Responses to “49ers get $200 million in NFL money for new stadium”
  1. tennis22drew says: Feb 2, 2012 4:48 PM

    Maybe we can get some free agents now- team playing better and new building in a couple years!

  2. jjwalkerisdynomite says: Feb 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    I here they are building the new stadium near San Quinten so the local fan base doen’t have to drive too far.

  3. bigtganks says: Feb 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    How much does $200 mil in NFL money equal in USD money?

  4. tooz72 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    Raiders need to share a stadium with them..Hopefully Davis Jr isn’t thinking about moving back to LA

  5. dbones750 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    If you want to see if the seats are blood-resistant, schedule the first game in the new stadium against Oakland.

  6. bigjim50010 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:52 PM

    Win and get stadium support… lose and you get to refurb the Hump Dome.

  7. sixjak says: Feb 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    That’s all? Send it back. We don’t even want it.

  8. thunderskins007 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:55 PM

    watching those playoff games in candlestick brought back alot of memories. if any franchise deserves a new stadium its the 49ers though.

  9. jakek2 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:55 PM

    “The NFL allocated $200 million in funds from the stadium fund”
    ——————-
    And that’s just from the fines Goodell levied this week!! Give him another season and every team in the NFL will have a new stadium by 2015 even Dallas!

  10. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    In a totally unrelated story, the financial burden on fans to enjoy the game rises yet again.

  11. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 2, 2012 4:58 PM

    Good for the niners. That stadium they play in now is hideous.

  12. klunge says: Feb 2, 2012 5:02 PM

    The message is clear: if you are winning, you’ll get free money for a new stadium (Niners), but if you’re down and out you get snubbed like a leper (Vikings).

  13. mjbulls45 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:06 PM

    well if the Raiders aren’t getting help and money for a new stadium,

    they are going to LA,

    and if Roski or any LA executive wants a stake in the Raiders – NO WAY.

    its a Davis family owned team and will stay that way, thank goodness.

    However if the NFL attempts to put team(s) in LA without consulting the Raiders,

    then the Raiders could in turn SUE the league (again), because the league would NOT allow Al Davis to move the team in LA back in the day.

    The real reason Rozelle didnt let Al move the team to LA, is because secretly he wanted that LA market for himself to move a team there one day after being commish.

    google it, its true.

    You see how a 200 millie towards a 9er stadium could have a butterfly effect on the landscape of pro football & the state of California.

  14. keithdylan says: Feb 2, 2012 5:09 PM

    If there are no restrictions that it must be a shared stadium with the Raiders, the Raiders will not be a northern California team for long.

  15. keithdylan says: Feb 2, 2012 5:19 PM

    Also, doesn’t this really start a bad precedent? All teams with bad stadiums will now be looking to the NFL for money to upgrade/rebuild. Ten years from now 200 million will be a much smaller percentage of the entire cost than slightly less than 20%.

    eaglesnoles05 is right. The average/slightly above average Joe won’t be able to afford to see the inside of this or any other new stadium. And the NFL wonders why attendance is down.

  16. tatum064 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:27 PM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 5:06 PM
    well if the Raiders aren’t getting help and money for a new stadium,

    they are going to LA,

    and if Roski or any LA executive wants a stake in the Raiders – NO WAY.

    its a Davis family owned team and will stay that way, thank goodness.
    ====================
    The Commissioner wants the Niners and Raiders to share a stadium – the same way the Jets and Giants do. That way the teams split revenues for the entire stadium with NFC and AFC clubs.

    Carole Davis has power of attorney and is the last link along with Mark Davis. Mark will have a huge estate tax that his attorneys (Arthur Anderson) will have to deal with. Much depends on the other minority owners stake. A lot would be solved if the Niners deal goes through and the NFL says ; we helped you , now you help us – get a dual tenant proposal done, NOW!

  17. jackntorres says: Feb 2, 2012 6:04 PM

    You can put Alex Smith in a new stadium, but he’s still Alex Smith.

  18. arcaero says: Feb 2, 2012 6:09 PM

    sheesh! $200M? I don’t want to hear any more stories about the Browns holding the city of Cleveland hostage for $5M in stadium repair fees…..

  19. nineroutsider says: Feb 2, 2012 6:09 PM

    jjwalkerisdynomite says: Feb 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    I here they are building the new stadium near San Quinten so the local fan base doen’t have to drive too far.
    ————————————————————
    Not that you could even afford to go to a game at the Stick, but PSLs will completely change the makeup of the “local fan base” and give it a nice, clean-cut corporate feel that all football fans just love. Give me more of what I get at the office…yeah!

  20. ronaldmexico says: Feb 2, 2012 6:10 PM

    Good timing for the team to have a resurgence. Bad news for fans is that the seats at the new crib look to be pretty expensive – some long-time season ticket holders won’t be able to afford even the right to buy seats at the new stadium (let alone the tickets on top of that one-time fee). The demographics of the crowd will probably be very different than the current Candlestick fan base.

  21. mistersmith22 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:11 PM

    This is horrible news for any Niner fan. Putting the team in Santa Clara is going to be a debacle — there’s no infrastructure for cars and no public transportation, there’s considerably less fan support, and “Santa Clara 49ers” is ridiculous sounding. I’ve been to stadiums all over the country, and I live in SF right now, and getting to and from Santa Clara is going to make FedEx field look cheap, simple, and organized.

    Candlestick isn’t so bad. All you have to do is take a cab in, early, and walk 6 blocks to the T line on your way out (about as far as the Light Rail is from M&T in Baltimore). Simple. But Santa Clara? It’s 40 miles accessible only by car, through what will be LEGENDARY traffic, to the single parking lot that’s too small.

    /I’m also bitter about not being able to attend Niner home games once they move.

  22. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:14 PM

    So are they going to be called the Santa Clara Niners?

  23. nineroutsider says: Feb 2, 2012 6:14 PM

    @tatum064

    “A lot would be solved if the Niners deal goes through and the NFL says ; we helped you , now you help us – get a dual tenant proposal done, NOW!”

    No thanks, the Raiders have done 0.0 to help the 9ers get this deal done.

  24. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 6:17 PM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 5:06 PM
    well if the Raiders aren’t getting help and money for a new stadium,

    they are going to LA,

    and if Roski or any LA executive wants a stake in the Raiders – NO WAY.

    its a Davis family owned team and will stay that way, thank goodness.
    ====================
    The Commissioner wants the Niners and Raiders to share a stadium – the same way the Jets and Giants do. That way the teams split revenues for the entire stadium with NFC and AFC clubs.

    Carole Davis has power of attorney and is the last link along with Mark Davis. Mark will have a huge estate tax that his attorneys (Arthur Anderson) will have to deal with. Much depends on the other minority owners stake. A lot would be solved if the Niners deal goes through and the NFL says ; we helped you , now you help us – get a dual tenant proposal done, NOW!
    ———————
    Part of this is not correct I think. The last proposal for shared stadium had niners as the primary residents. That meant that they’d keep the revenues (but also assume the risks). Raiders would pay niners rent and would assume no risks (but also take no revenue)…
    I could be wrong on the specifics but I think those were the general terms…

    The other side of this is that of the fan base…Most of the Raider fan base is in east bay and oakland areas….niners fan base is SF, peninsula and south bay.
    Doesn’t look like a good fit.
    My 2cents

  25. billybatty says: Feb 2, 2012 6:29 PM

    Gettcha popcorn ready!

  26. eknirb says: Feb 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    BUILD IT!
    Before the lights go out again.

    Well, 3 more years at CS. I hope it lasts that long.

    Good news for us here in the SF Bay Area.

  27. briang123 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    200 million? That won’t even cover the graft and the extortion payments to the unions and environmentalists. .

  28. ninerdynasty says: Feb 2, 2012 6:36 PM

    jackntorres says: Feb 2, 2012 6:04 PM

    You can put Alex Smith in a new stadium, but he’s still Alex Smith.
    ————————————————

    YEah, thats as long as he is not playing the Saints. :)

  29. bubba9er says: Feb 2, 2012 6:42 PM

    Maybe a shift from the fan base that was chanting for David Carr last year isn’t such a bad thing. If the 9ers keep winning, the stadium will find a way to fill up. It will show who is a real “Faithful” to be able to go to the games when it stings a bit more. These things alway work themselves out.

    PS, Keep the Raiders out of our clean new house! I hate when teams share a building/stadium.

  30. malignantsociety says: Feb 2, 2012 6:43 PM

    it seems like the more “free” money these teams get for their stadiums, the more extravagant the stadiums are… which ends up costing the taxpayers/cities the same amount.

  31. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    This is horrible news for any Niner fan. Putting the team in Santa Clara is going to be a debacle — there’s no infrastructure for cars and no public transportation, there’s considerably less fan support, and “Santa Clara 49ers” is ridiculous sounding. I’ve been to stadiums all over the country, and I live in SF right now, and getting to and from Santa Clara is going to make FedEx field look cheap, simple, and organized.

    Candlestick isn’t so bad. All you have to do is take a cab in, early, and walk 6 blocks to the T line on your way out (about as far as the Light Rail is from M&T in Baltimore). Simple. But Santa Clara? It’s 40 miles accessible only by car, through what will be LEGENDARY traffic, to the single parking lot that’s too small.

    /I’m also bitter about not being able to attend Niner home games once they move.
    ————
    Totally untrue bunk. I live in south bay and can verify that most of what you write is untrue.
    Firstly they’ll call 49ers Santa Clara 49ers only when they call Cowboys, Irving Cowboys and Giants as NJ Giants. So let’s cut that nonsense.

    Candlestick is horrible. Santa Clara site is served not only by road (3 major highways close by) but also by light rail (right next to the stadium site, in fact), Caltrans (from SF) also connects to light rail in Mountain view for anyone coming from SF and peninsula.

    Also, there are plenty of niner fans in south bay and peninsula.
    Why can’t you attend the game in south bay if you live in SF?

  32. nineroutsider says: Feb 2, 2012 6:57 PM

    briang123 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    200 million? That won’t even cover the graft and the extortion payments to the unions and environmentalists. .
    ————————————————————
    Good point Rush, it also doesn’t cover your drug habit or your lipo needs. Are you having another skin graft to cover up the stretch marks? Mega Dittos from Hicksville!

  33. vikingdoode says: Feb 2, 2012 6:59 PM

    200 to the Vikings as well

  34. nineroutsider says: Feb 2, 2012 7:00 PM

    @bobhk

    Spot on! I have great memories of the stick, but it’s time to move. Santa Clara offers so many more transportation options, people will be amazed at how fast they get out of there, especially if you know the back roads. I just hope it doesn’t become 100% corporate.

  35. mrlynch33 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:05 PM

    @jackntorres

    You wouldn’t happen to be talking about the Alex Smith that beat the saints????

  36. purplehayseuss says: Feb 2, 2012 7:08 PM

    bigtganks says: Feb 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    How much does $200 mil in NFL money equal in USD money?
    ***
    NFL money is printed on old hot dog wrappers, popcorn bags, playbooks and sweaty jocks.

    USD is created from thin air by [Parker Brothers for Monopoly] the Federal Reserve. It has no inherent value.

    There is no exchange rate for a polished turd.

  37. gothwolf says: Feb 2, 2012 7:21 PM

    I posted a helpful link to an image of the proposed stadium on the 49ers site. Thankfully some mod deleted my post and saved you all from knowing what this thing is supposed to look like.

    Check it out. It looks like bleachers setup outside a Hilton.

  38. packhawk04 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:30 PM

    Keep in mind people- the vikings DID get 200 mil from the nfl. It is included in the wilfs contribution. Also, mark davis and his “estate tax” in california is incorrect. California does not have an estate or inheritance tax.

  39. geaubears49 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:30 PM

    Loyal 49er fans like myself who’ve been season ticket holders for decades are getting shafted….$20,000-$80,000 for PSL’s for each seat???!!! Definitely will be attracting a new corporate fan base…..eg….Facebook, Google,etc…

    Just out of curiosity, how much are PSL’s in other NFL cities????

    !

  40. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 7:38 PM

    Go type “Centennial Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA” on google maps.
    The area opposite of Santa Clara convention center (other side of Tasman st) is the site. 1 mile to the south is highway 101. 1 mile to the north is highway 237. 4 or 5 miles away is I-880. Right on Tasman is light rail (that connects to Caltrans) and a short walking distance is Altamont commuter train.
    Well connected…
    Now I can stop being an area guide… :)

  41. mizzouram says: Feb 2, 2012 8:02 PM

    And St. Louis can’t get $60 mil for renovations because….

  42. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 8:02 PM

    geaubears49 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:30 PM
    Loyal 49er fans like myself who’ve been season ticket holders for decades are getting shafted….$20,000-$80,000 for PSL’s for each seat???!!! Definitely will be attracting a new corporate fan base…..eg….Facebook, Google,etc…

    Just out of curiosity, how much are PSL’s in other NFL cities????
    ————–
    Sure. How do you think they are paying for that stadium loan (I’m sure there are other sources too, not just PSL).
    I’d venture to say that it’s probably not too different than what it’s in other stadiums like the one in NJ…

  43. rugdog100 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:27 PM

    bigjim50010 is a lady from Ames, IA

  44. lookatthefarside says: Feb 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    Raiders need to stay where they’re at or move to L.A.

  45. kingcarlbanks says: Feb 2, 2012 8:52 PM

    Psl’s at Met life can be bought from 7k to 100k. It all depends on where you want to sit. Quite a few people buy and sell them like stocks. Team does well prices go up etc. As of this moment you can buy a Jets PSL for $30 and a car wash coupon.

  46. mj5150 says: Feb 3, 2012 3:02 AM

    at LEAST you guys have a stadium plan- the Vikings have been trying to get one passed for 11 years and the legislature STILL has no idea where to put it, how much public money to allocate and where that public money will come from-LOL our state is a freaking joke!!! They could have put at least the PLAN into place a few years ago- but NOOOOOOOOOOO that would make too much sense-LOL!!

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