Santa Clara could potentially house both NFL teams

April 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The National Football League Super Bowl Advisory Committee on Thursday announced that it backs the San Francisco 49er's proposed move to Santa Clara and says it would support a Super Bowl bid there down the road. The advisory committee manages the Super Bowl bidding process and the 32-team owners then vote on the site.

The proposed 49er stadium could potentially be the home of both the 49ers and the Raiders. It is at least a possibility.

Both the 49ers and the Oakland Raiders say new stadiums are part of their game plan. The proposed $937 million 49er facility in Santa Clara is in fact designed to accommodate two NFL teams, but is that likely? Both organizations downplay the possibility.

"We have no plans to share the Santa Clara stadium with another team. That's just not something that we plan to do and we're not working on it," says 49er spokesperson Lisa Lang.

An ABC 7/San Jose Mercury News poll finds 52 percent of likely Santa Clara voters support the 49er stadium.

The poll also found 27 percent of those respondents are more likely to support the project if it was shared with the Raiders, 36 percent say they would be less likely and 30 percent say it wouldn't make a difference.

Melinda Jackson is the research director at San Jose State University in charge of the independent survey.

"I don't think there has been a lot of publicity about that angle so far, so I don't think people really haven't thought about it much," says Jackson.

If the stadium proposed for this property is approved by voters, two teams here would be a better financial deal for the city than just one.

A second team would have to fork over $1 million a year in rent and repay up to $40 million in redevelopment bond money.

Stadium opponents say a second team might reduce the costs to taxpayers, but only bring on other problems.

"Well it would double the amount of traffic, the number of games days, the noise, the noise levels are predicted to be very high," says Chris Koltermann from the No On J Campaign.

Both sides of the Measure J debate say the Raider factor is not a factor in the June 8 election.

More Information:
San Francisco 49ers Proposal for a Football Stadium in the City of Santa Clara
Yes On J: Stadium Supporters: Guess who... find out why...
Santa Clara Plays Fair: Problems with Measure J


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