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NFL Stadiums…The Past Needs to Be Remembered!

NFL Stadiums…The Past Needs to Be Remembered!

Yes, I am a Niners fan. The rolling of the eyes and the chuckling can begin BUT, you need to do it now because they are coming back to put on a new run, a new show, and a new dynasty for all to envy.

Anyway…as a 49ers fan, I have seen the ‘best of the best’ in football. Montana, Rice, Young – these are not guys you will ever roll your eyes at; these are not the men who had a lucky game here or there. Nope. These are the guys who knew exactly what they were doing and what the sport of football was all about.

But there is something that is even more special when it comes to the 49ers that fans have loved for years. And that, my friends, is Candlestick Park. No, I will not use 3-Com or any other words for the 49ers home. It is, was, and will always remain – Candlestick Park.

‘The Stick’ got some seriously bad news recently (reported by The Associated Press).  Santa Clara County pulled $30 million in tax funding away from the new 49ers stadium.

Now…this fan only wants ‘The Stick’ and could not care in the least about this new stadium that’s being worked on. Why? Because it’s not only the 49ers home. You are talking about a stadium that hosted history. It was first built to be the home of the MLB San Francisco Giants who used Candlestick as their home field from 1960 through 2000. The 49ers actually came in 1971and began to build what would become one of the greatest dynasties in all of American sports during the 1980s winning FIVE Super Bowls. In fact, for many years it felt as if the 49ers were the only team even playing in the NFL.

But this is NOT just a football field or home to an MLB team; Candlestick Park is a historical venue that gave people one of the most amazing sights to behold – the final concert of The Beatles on August 29th, 1966. The only way to even see this amazing moment in time is in a documentary where a fifteen-year-old caught the concert on film (T.V. stations in San Francisco as well as Sacramento also have footage). But this is the place! This is the venue that holds true history!

I know…I’ll be quiet. San Francisco was going to get a new stadium. The facts are, that since 2006 there was a report about building a new stadium by 2014 in Santa Clara County, which already is home to the 49ers administrative headquarters and training facility. (The team’s current lease at Candlestick Park could be extended through 2013.)

So why, exactly, would officials from Santa Clara County tell the Mercury News this past weekend that they would rather spend the much-needed money on teachers?

LOL. Gotcha! I actually think education IS more important than football, I just wanted to get a rise out of you! Education is highly important…but I still think that Candlestick should be updated (not a new stadium built), because it’s really the only “cool” place for the NFL. And, God knows the League needs something cool because their ‘cool points’ are falling dangerously low. In fact, if the NFL gets sued any more, bird-watching will end up taking over as the next ‘America’s game’ because the League will have about twenty cents leftover after paying all their money out to angry players, their families, etc.

Here’s the ‘rub’ when it comes to this particular piece of news. It seems that the voters had actually earmarked this money to help build the $1.2 billion stadium and the voters say the county has no right to keep it. (The 49ers and Santa Clara officials are supposedly going to offer an official response later this week.) And, yes, lawsuits are likely. Why not? Seems to be the ‘in’ thing.

Now county officials seemed to sidestep things in order to get this passed. A new board that oversees property tax from redevelopment zones – and the ‘how’s and where’s’ that money is going to be used, passed the motion 4-3; taking the $30 million away from football and giving it to schools and public agencies.

Voters in Santa Clara approved a measure in 2010 that allocated $40 million in redevelopment funds for the stadium. But the state took away redevelopment agencies, and Santa Clara’s redevelopment fund had only paid $10 million toward the stadium at that point in time. So the 49ers “loaned” Santa Clara the remaining $30 million and began construction, assuming the team would be paid back from property tax revenues that would be collected in the future. Apparently not. But officials have said that the team would absorb the cost if it loses the funds.

Now there is still a chance that the 49ers will actually have to share the new stadium being built with their ‘enemies’ – the Oakland Raiders. THAT should make for an uncomfortable venue for fans and players alike. But, this situation may just HAVE to occur in order for both teams to be able to split the cost of the stadium.

Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, is a person who is definitely in favor of the two teams sharing. In fact, it’s happened before when – from 1984-2009 – the Giants and the Jets both played at Giants Stadium and now both teams are utilizing MetLife Stadium in order to split the costs.

If the 49ers and Raiders do end up sharing, there are others who would also be extremely happy. It was Al Davis, the Raiders coach, who always wanted the Raiders to have a new stadium. At this date, the Raiders are now the only NFL team sharing a stadium with a MLB team. This would also come at the appropriate time, considering that the Raiders’ lease on the Coliseum will come to an end after the 2013 season.

Either way, this is one 49ers fan that loses her dream. I will always and forever want Candlestick Park to remain the home of the Niners. THIS is the place that saw the ‘best of the best’ and it should be appreciated by one and all.

I was actually living in Irving when the Cowboys Stadium was blown away. It was one of the saddest moments in the world – not because I was a Cowboys fan (certainly not! Gasp!) But because within those walls and under that dome with the hole in the roof, people watched the legends of football. They paced the sidelines with Tom Landry in his signature hat. They watched Staubach become THE QB. They watched Tony Dorsett run like the wind. And then along came the ‘new boys’ who went from the absolute worst to ‘The Big Three.’ Aikman, Smith and Irvin walked the hallowed halls of that stadium…and now it’s nothing but a parking lot. To see Candlestick suffer the same fate would be an honest to goodness nightmare.

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Until Next Time, Everybody

Amy

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