The San Fransisco 49ers are planning to move to a new stadium in 2012. Plans for the new stadium can be read about here:http://49ers.com/pressbox/news_detail.p ... =PR%20News
The new stadium will be expandable and may possibly be part of a bid by San Fransisco to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games.
If these plans fall through the 49ers are considering a move to Santa Clara.
The 49ers current stadium is Monster Park, built in 1960:
Candlestick Park is a frigging eyesore I tell you. Not only is it situated on a windswept side of a hill a fair way out of town, it has no cover. San Francisco weather is notoriously unpredictable. Infact it has 7 difderent weather systems because of all the valleys. It can be 40C in summer 40 minutes away in Concord CA but can be as cold as 13-15C. That was why the Giants baseball team could not wait to get out of there.
The ground is not configured well for American football at the best of times. For Niners matches you get a whole section at the right of screen end zone where they cannot sell tickets because of the baseball configeration of the ground. And the outer side seats are all on temporary scaffolding, even if there is no baseball any more at the venue.
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San Francisco is the most expensive city in the USA. Rents are atrocious & all you get are complete butterboxes, often without car parking either. With Oakland across the bay attracting a more feral crowd consisting of mainly low-life criminals & murderors, the San Francisco crowd is far more upmarket and gentille, not exactly condusive to a passionate football audience. Many Niners fans come from places like San Jose Santa Clara etc etc in buses in any case.
I just got the Niners owner is not holding the city at ransom like the owner of the Denver Broncos did when I lived in North America. They had just won the Superbowl but the owner wanted the people of the city to fund a redevelopment of Mile High Stadium. If they didn't he'd move the franchise somewhere else. The referendum for the vote was one of the worst attended in the city's history, but it passed because fans feared losing their team.
Still they could probably still be called San Francisco if they played in the lower bay area. I think they train in the area The crowd would be less 'foo foo shi shi' and more Gold Rush!