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Published September 18, 1997
49ers President Carmen Policy was a guest on ESPN's "Up Close" yesterday. Policy, on the controversy surrounding the June vote on a new stadium-retail complex vote: "There are reports that nine dead people voted in that election, but these were very conscientious dead people, because they voted in five other elections prior to this election." On the facility's progression: "We anticipate that the stadium structure will be ready for play in the year 2000." On the possibility of the 49ers moving had they not won the election: "[T]here were better deals elsewhere ... The worst deal financially was to stay, but we feel that in the long term ... we're better off remaining right where we are." On competition in the Bay Area with Al Davis and the Raiders: "Their failed attempt to successfully market their program and their project definitely impacted us during the campaign for the stadium and impacted us in a very negative way. ... I don't see there being any crossover in terms of those who would be interested in purchasing tickets or suites for the 49ers games as opposed to those who would want to purchase tickets and suites for the Raiders" (ESPN, 9/17).