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  • 49ers Unveil Plans For Privately-Financed New Stadium

    49ers Unveil Preliminary Design Of New Stadium

    The 49ers yesterday unveiled a preliminary outline for a privately-financed 68,000-seat stadium designed by HNTB Architecture that would cost $600-800M and be built on a landfill southeast of Monster Park at Candlestick Point, according to Robert Selna of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The team plans to partner with Lennar Corp. on an adjacent development that would include housing, retail and office space. 49ers VP/Communications Lisa Lang said that the team “no longer needs” the $100M in public financing approved for a stadium/mall development in ’97, but added that the club “believes that it is still entitled to the land because the new project would qualify” under the rezoning measure approved at the same time. But Lang said that the team “would seek Board of Supervisors approval.” Lang “outlined a proposed timeline in which the project would start with community input in September” and the team would play its first game in the stadium in 2012. 49ers officials said that they “hoped to put two-thirds of the seats in the stadium’s lowest section and to include” a plaza with a “large-open area for viewing” downtown S.F. (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/18). Luxury suites “would be arranged in a stack on one side of the stadium, topped by a press box” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/18). The stadium “could be expanded by up to 6,000 seats for a Super Bowl and by 12,000 seats” if S.F. is awarded the 2016 Olympics (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/18).

    NEW YORKS? Lang said that 49ers co-Owners John and Denise York would make “a ‘significant’ contribution –- in the hundreds of millions” –- toward the stadium’s cost (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/18). The club also plans to seek a $150 loan from the NFL’s G-3 program (SACRAMENTO BEE, 7/18). In San Jose, Tim Kawakami notes John York did not attend yesterday’s presentation, and adds, “York is the snail-paced sun and moon of this project, which is why it has been so long delayed and why there are giant screaming questions that were purposely left unanswered” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/18).

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  • Architecture Critic Examines Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Plan

    Some key aspects of Chicago’s plans for a potential 2016 Olympics bid are “bone-headed, ... especially its unprecedented call for having the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in side-by-side stadiums –- Soldier Field and a temporary, 80,000-seat track-and-field stadium,” according to CHICAGO TRIBUNE architecture critic Blair Kamin. The idea “brought a skeptical response” from the IOC, as Dir of Communications Giselle Davies said, “Such an idea would not be compatible with Games operations.” Kamin wrote the “overall plan does have good strokes, particularly for the city’s long-neglected south lakefront.” Having the majority of the Games along the lakefront is “both a strength and a potential weakness.” The shoreline is “the best face that this topographically challenged city can offer,” and the plan would place nearly 75% of the athletes within a mile of competition sites, which is “far better than having the Olympic Village downtown.” However, the lakefront also “promises traffic headaches because the area is poorly served by public transit.” The Chicago Convention Center is “no architectural showcase. ... It’s hard to imagine big chunks of an Olympics in Chicago, a mecca for architecture, in such a utilitarian location.” Also, would the temporary track-and-field stadium “really be temporary? ... If it did not come down, an almost-continuous wall of megastructures –-Soldier Field, the track and field stadium and the east building of McCormick Place -– would block the city from its shoreline” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/16).

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  • Facility Notes

    In L.A., Greg Johnson reports the Clippers will “dispatch some reporters to other locations to free up space for pricey seats on the floor” at Staples Center. The 40 new seats go for about $350 per game, “though the cost probably will be higher because they were marketed as part of season-ticket packages that include other amenities.” Clippers Senior VP/Marketing & Sales Carl Lahr said, “Every off-season, we consider two things. Can we get more seats, and what can we do with pricing?” (L.A. TIMES, 7/18).

    Cavaliers Tap Rossetti To Plan Arena Improvements

    UPGRADES: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Don Muret reports the Cavaliers and Lightning have hired sports architecture firm Rossetti to plan “significant improvements to their arenas, both finalists for the 2008 Republican National Convention.” Rossetti Chair Gino Rossetti said that the projects “could cost up to $50[M] each depending on what the clubs want to accomplish,” but noted that plans “are in the early stages” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/17 issue).

    REPAIR WORK: On Staten Island, Christopher Palma reported ISC donated 500 square feet of sod and “some 18 cubic yards of clean fill” to repair a local Little League field after it was damaged by vehicular vandalism last week. Michael Printup, who is overseeing ISC’s efforts to build an 80,000-seat racetrack in Bloomfield, New York, and who coaches in the nearby South Shore Little League, arranged the donation (STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE, 7/14).

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