SBD/Issue 238/NFL Season Preview

Santa Clara Mayor Defends Bid For 49ers New Stadium

Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan, during an event in S.F. yesterday, was “frequently on the defensive about how a little city like Santa Clara … could dream of luring the 49ers from” S.F., according to Mike Swift of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Mahan: “There’s been a shift, whether [S.F.] wants to acknowledge it or not, toward Silicon Valley.”  She cited "a list of companies with offices in Santa Clara" including Sun Microsystems, Intel and Yahoo.   Former 49ers President Carmen Policy, who also participated in the event, “debunked one often-repeated premise of the 49ers stadium debate -- that the team could leave the Bay Area if it doesn’t get a new stadium.” But he believes that the “decay of aging Monster Park requires that the 49ers build a new stadium.” Policy also said a move to leave S.F. would receive a “tremendous amount of opposition from the [NFL].”  He added that if the NFL "had its druthers, the 49ers would stay in [S.F.], but the league would not block a Santa Clara stadium deal,” although S.F.’s “political environment has long been an obstacle” to a new stadium (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/5).

WALSH: The 49ers will add late coach Bill Walsh to the team’s ring of honor and show a video and pictorial tribute during halftime of its Monday night game against the Cardinals. Walsh will be an honorary team captain for the game, and the team will wear their throwback uniforms. The national anthem will be sung by the Glide Memorial Ensemble, the choir that sang at Walsh’s memorial service. Fans will receive a Walsh poster when they exit the stadium, and the commemorative game-day program will be devoted to the late coach (AP, 9/6).

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