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June 17, 2007

Great America says no to 49ers plan

Hold everything! Turns out that the owners of Great America, whose Santa Clara parking lot the San Francisco 49ers have targeted to be the site of their new $950 million stadium, aren't on board with the plan - in fact, a spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury News, "We're saying we're opposed to the development at this point in time. Without having information, we have to begin to assume this could adversely affect our business and our customers at Great America, and that's a concern for us."

While the city owns the land under the parking lot, Great America has a long-term lease on the site, so needless to say, this news throws a major roadblock in the path of the 49ers' stadium plans. (While Great Adventure could just be posturing to get a payoff or some other concessions, it's not promising for the Niners that they say this is the first they've heard from Great America in three months.) Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan understated to the Merc News: "It is one of those major things we have to work out."


Why dont they just "eminent domain" the parking lot out from under Great America. After all, what's more important to a community than spending a few hundred million dollars on a stadium.
They need this stadium to put them on the map. I mean who's ever heard of "silicon valley" ?!?! Without the NFL that whole region is going to suffer.

Posted by Tom on June 18, 2007 04:02 PM

According to the news interview yesterday, the Yorks claimed that Denise Debartolo's relative is best friends with folk that own Cedar point, who owns Great America, and that she will talk to them to work things out for the 49ers.

Posted by Susan on June 22, 2007 02:24 AM

If you're going to write an article on this, at least get the name of the theme park right! Great Adventure????

Posted by Goodheart on June 5, 2009 02:52 PM

Hey, I got it right five times out of six.

Posted by Neil on June 5, 2009 03:02 PM

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