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GIANTS STADIUM PROPOSAL GAINS POLITICAL MOMENTUM
Published December 21, 1995
Mindful of four previous electoral losses to approve financing for a new ballpark, the S.F. Giants have lined up political support before going public with the plans for a privately financed China Basin ballpark, according to the S.F. EXAMINER. reports the Giants are confident the stadium referendum will make it on the March 16 ballot. Seven members of the Board of Supervisors, led by president Kevin Shelley, have thrown their support behind the Giants' plan. Jack Davis, who chaired Mayor-elect Willie Brown's campaign and was a major opponent of previous stadium plans, joins state Sen. Quentin Kopp, a past Giants critic, and other community leaders in backing the proposal. If approved by at least four Board members, the proposed ballpark would then go before voters as it requires a change in zoning. Additionally, the city's waterfront plan requires voters to approve any stadium in the China Basin area. Shelley: "The City's not opposed to making the property available. And if the property is provided by the City, and the money (is provided) by public financing, I think the public will support it" (Gordon & Brazil, S.F. EXAMINER, 12/20). BREAKING NEW GROUND: The new stadium would be the first privately financed baseball park since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, according to Glenn Dickey of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Giants VP Larry Baer: "Frankly, we think this may be the start of a trend, because teams are running out of cities that are willing to finance stadiums. Other teams are probably going to hate us for this." The design by K.C.-based HOK Assoc. includes modern conveniences with feature reminiscent of old parks: an asymmetric outfield with a Fenway Park-like wall 309 feet down the leftfield line; a walkway between the park and the basin so fans will be able to see home runs land in the water; and the shortest foul ground in the majors at 42-43 feet from home plate (Glenn Dickey, S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/21). IT'S OFFICIAL: A press conference is scheduled for 5PM EST today to announce the team's plans (Giants).