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Jed York Discusses 49ers' Backup Plans For Proposed Stadium

York Wants 49ers To Play In Place
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49ers President Jed York yesterday said the NFL "wants to make sure that we keep all of our options open and we want to make sure we keep all of our options open" in the team's search for a new stadium. When asked if he would begin serious discussions with the Raiders to build a stadium in Oakland if voters do not approve a proposed venue in Santa Clara, York said he knows Raiders Owner Al Davis and Chief Exec Amy Trask "have been working very hard on trying to get something done" at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum site. York added that location "from an infrastructure standpoint" is a "much better site" than Hunter's Point in S.F. York: "From my standpoint we need to find a place where all of our fans can get to. That is why we like Santa Clara so much because the infrastructure is there, the freeways are there, the public transportation is there and none of that really exists at Hunter's Point." But York added the team is "not backing away from Hunter's Point." York: "There are a lot of hurdles that they need to overcome to make that a feasible site and they have a path to reach that goal, but they haven't done it yet." Meanwhile, asked whether Southern California would come into play in the 49ers' future, York said, "Not in the fact that we would go there. ... From a selfish standpoint, I'd love to see a team in Los Angeles to recreate that Los Angeles-San Francisco rivalry. But the 49ers are not going to be in Los Angeles. ... We're focused on northern California and we think we are going to win a ballot in June and we're going to build a new stadium right here in the Bay Area" ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 1/26). In Sacramento, Matt Burrows wrote York's "interest in Oakland obviously means the 49ers -- and presumably the Raiders -- would be interested in sharing an Oakland stadium." However, the "question is whether the Raiders would be interested in sharing a stadium in Santa Clara" (SACBEE.com, 1/26).

MOVING FORWARD: In San Jose, Sandra Gonzales reports the Santa Clara City Council yesterday signaled it "would accept a pro-stadium group's initiative and move" the stadium issue to the June ballot. The council "unanimously voted to direct staff to draw up a resolution that would call for a special June 8 election" on the $937M stadium proposal. The council will "vote on the resolution" February 9. Gonzales notes the pro-stadium group "turned in more than 7,000 valid signatures, a third more than required to place it on the ballot" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/27).

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