49ers unveil design plans for new stadium at Candlestick Point
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
July 18, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco 49ers on Monday
revealed updated design plans for a new stadium to replace Monster
Park at Candlestick Point that would be privately financed and
ready to use by the 2012 National Football League season.
In a statement, 49ers co-owner John York confirmed the goal of
paying for the new venue without using the $100 million in revenue
bonds approved by San Francisco voters in 1997 under Proposition
Instead, a "retail, entertainment and mixed-use development''
in the empty lots next to Monster Park, authorized by voters under
Proposition F, is intended to be used toward paying for the new
stadium, which York estimates will cost between $600 and $800
The team's development partner, Lennar Corp., plans to present
an initial land use plan for the area to the City of San Francisco
and the public later this summer.
Incorporating designs from sports venues throughout the county,
the new open-air stadium would feature large lower bowl seating
for most fans, an upper deck that is lower and closer to the field,
seats with "optimal sightlines,'' and an open section at
the north end of the stadium to allow for views of the San Francisco
skyline and the bay.
According to Tony Gonzalez, principal-in-charge of the team's
architecture firm, HNTB Architecture Inc., "The new 49ers
stadium will be representative of the unique urban, architectural
and social qualities of San Francisco.''
The new venue would be built next to Monster Park so that the
team can continue to play there until construction is complete.
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