The San Jose Mercury News has a nice profile today of the opposition to the San Francisco 49ers stadium plan in Santa Clara (including a photo of frequent FoS reader and commenter Chris Koltermann). The article compares the Santa Clara battle to the similarly funding-deprived opposition to the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, but notes that opposition to public subsidies is much stronger in California, adding:
Arlington’s [stadium activist Wayne] Norred says the “No” side has an advantage in Santa Clara that wasn’t a factor in the Cowboys’ campaign: Two City Council members, William Kennedy and Jamie McLeod, oppose the project. Arlington’s City Council was 9-0 in favor of the Cowboys deal.
“That shows a crack in the city’s political structure on the thing,” he said. “If they are moonbats, you have a problem. But if they are reasonable people, that helps.”
Speaking of the Cowboys stadium, its price tag has now officially hit $1.2 billion. This isn’t a problem for Arlington, since the team covers cost overruns, and shouldn’t be in Santa Clara, since the 49ers have promised the same (though there’s still the nagging question about revenue shortfalls). But it is an indication of how stadiums on paper never quite match up to actually existing ones.