The San Francisco 49ers new stadium proposal in Santa Clara will face some tough hurdles this week as the newly released environmental impact report goes before Santa Clara’s planning commission. The planning commission will most likely approve the 49er stadium proposal and send it over to the City Council on December 8th. From there the City Council would decide if the proposal should be put to vote, as reported on KCBS, “If we certify the EIR over the next month or several months, depending on how long the matter may take, we could put the matter before the voters next year perhaps in the June election,” said deputy city manager Carol McCarthy.
Another key to the 49ers coming to Santa Clara rests with the public. There will be a meeting on Wednesday for them to voice their opinions on the $937 million project to pay for the stadium in the parking lot of the Great America Theme Park.
As can be expected residents are split on the proposal, football fans and business owners love the idea, but especially those with no interest in sports are against spending public funds to support a private enterprise.
San Francisco 49er season ticket holders have reason for concern as well with the fact that those dreaded Personal Seat Licenses or PSL’s will be used to finance the stadium, dramatically driving up the cost to attend a game. Huge numbers of longtime fans will be forced to give up the season tickets many have held since the Kezar days because of the cost of the PSL and inevitable rise in the face value of the ticket as they saw in Dallas with the new Dallas Stadium.
And that doesn’t take into account the changes in seat locations that 49er fans will go through. Deals have to be made and many of those prime seats will go to the deal makers and longtime 49er fans that were on the 50 yard line, will be lucky to get between the 30’s in the new stadium.
The New York Yankees had to cut their ticket prices for the $1 billion Yankee Stadium when fans balked at the outrageous prices and it remains to be seen how long the Cowboys fans will be willing to pay top dollar for a team that is average. There will be a lot of talk of potential windfalls for the City of Santa Clara, but they better take a good look at New York and Dallas and see if it all really benefits the fans and the city, or the owners.
San Francisco 49ers tickets are on sale for all the games at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.