The 49ers have released some new details on the proposed new stadium in Santa Clara.
- The cost will be about $937 million to build.
- The stadium can seat up to approximately 75,000 people (68,500 for most events).
- Solar panels will be used to power many things at the stadium.
- There will be some kind of garden or flowerbed on the roof where plants can grow.
- Clubs, suites will not be spread around the stadium, but rather all in one tower.
- Grass or field turf? That has yet to be determined.
- If it gets approved, the scheduled opening would be 2014.
- It will be built in the parking lot near Great America.
- The city will pay about 10 percent of the costs.
The city of San Francisco has been unsupportive of the move, and with good reason. Many fans have voiced their dislike of the idea of the team not being in San Francisco. There are a lot of great memories and traditions in Candlestick Park and it would make sense for people not to want the stadium.
I personally would like the 49ers to stay, but the current stadium needs to get fixed up and it would not be worth it. The new stadium would not only bring the fans a wonderful new stadium, but it might be enough to maybe host a future Super Bowl.
The traffic getting to Santa Clara would be easier than getting to Candlestick.
I think the part of me that doesn't want to see the new stadium is the part that loves the 49ers history, their name, and the place where so many great teams have played. The 49ers are San Francisco and moving them out just doesn't feel right.
On the other hand, a new stadium and hosting a Super Bowl would be pretty nice. And it does make sense somewhat, since most of the players actually live in Santa Clara (near the headquarters) and they really only go to San Francisco for gameday.
Santa Clara makes sense, but I wish the 49ers didn't have to move.