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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."