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49ers Add Last-Minute Arena To Stadium Complex Plans

49ers' Stadium Project Could Include Arena
The 49ers and Lennar Corp., which is handling the team’s stadium project, “are wrapping up a long-awaited megaplan for a new, 68,000-seat stadium at Candlestick Point — as well as a possible last-minute addition, a 12,000-seat arena,” according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Lennar spokesperson Adam Alberti said the arena “is part of the uses being considered.” 49ers VP/Communications Lisa Lang said the arena is “just an idea, and it isn’t really connected to the Niners.” But Lang “did not rule out the possibility that the team could lease the arena” if 49ers co-Owners John and Denise York “exercise their rights to an [AFL] team.” Matier & Ross note Lennar is negotiating with Forest City Enterprises “to develop the retail portions” of the project. In a poll commissioned by Lennar to “test the Candlestick plan” with S.F. voters, the proposal includes the football stadium, 6,000 units of housing, “and open space and parks — all to be ‘privately financed,’ with an eye toward using the sports venues for the 2016 Olympics.” Alberti declined to give details, but said the poll of more than 400 registered voters was “quite encouraging for the land plan and the private financing of the stadium” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/6).

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