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RENOVATIONS FOR THE SUPER BOWL AT THE STICK CONTROVERSIAL
Published February 9, 1995
San Francisco's bid for 1999's Super Bowl XXXIII, that includes a $26M renovation of Candlestick Park, has encountered "financial hurdles and potential challenges" from the city's Board of Supervisors, according to this morning's SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER. Supervisors complain that Mayor Frank Jordan promised the NFL too much without consulting them. In addition, it is unclear how the city will pay for the project, as it had a $9M deficit last year. Other problems: Area unions are upset that they were "left out" of the contracting process and that city employees were not notified what role they would play in the project; and the design contract was rewarded to an AZ firm partially owned by a cousin of 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo. Jordan has come up with some "innovative" ideas to raise the funds for the renovation, including the sale of the naming rights of Candlestick and "getting firms involved in other marketing ventures." Jim Lazarus, who is coordinating Super Bowl planning for the mayor's office, says voters may be asked to approve a bond measure. Renovations must be completed by the beginning of the '98 season, or the NFL has the right to withdraw its offer for the city to host the '99 Super Bowl (Erin McCormick, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 2/9).