49ers' Exit Would Save SF Money
|Chris Roberts/SF Appeal.com|
Why do we want this stadium again?
Newsom has been making similar comments for over a year: last June, he told reporters that if the 49ers leave, the city would build housing where the stadium was to be, which would lead to more permanent jobs and more permanent dollars in the city's southeastern section. Then last week, while saying that he hopes the team won't leave -- and probably won't, because Santa Clara has a fat chance of finding someone dumb enough to finance a $500 million stadium construction loan -- he said essentially what Cohen said: that having eight home games a year is actually a financial deterrent, not an enhancement for the city.
Thusly: we have a team saying "Fuck you, we're leaving," and a city saying, "Fuck you, go ahead," and a financial market saying, "We don't have any money." Fun times.
So at this point, what's keeping the 49ers at Candlestick? For one, a lease. They're legally bound to playing there for a while longer at least. For two, there's nowhere else to go. It's unlikely that the 49ers would fall all over themselves to play at the Oakland Coliseum, much less at Cal or Stanford.
Which leaves Kezar. How 'bout it, team? A farewell throwback game at the ole stomping grounds?