49ers discuss back-up stadium site with Santa Clara official
ByJason Bennert, Bay City News Service
July 18, 2006
SANTA CLARA (BCN) - The San Francisco 49ers have twice
discussed with a Santa Clara city official possibly relocating
the National Football League team to Santa Clara if the new San
Francisco stadium plans collapse.
Santa Clara Assistant City Manager Ron Garratt said he has had
two discussions with the team in the last month about building
a new football stadium in the parking lot of the Great America
amusement park as a contingency plan in the event a proposed new
stadium at Candlestick Point cannot be built.
"We may be knocking on your door and looking at the parking
lot,'' Garratt said 49ers Vice President Larry MacNeil told him.
The discussions about a Santa Clara stadium have been very preliminary,
"at the 10,000-foot level,'' according to Garratt, with no
mention of what the team would like the city to contribute or
if the team's name would be changed to the Santa Clara 49ers upon
"They're aggressively committed to San Francisco,'' Garratt
A spokeswoman for the 49ers was not immediately available for
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