A new home for the 49ers moved a step closer to reality after the approval Tuesday of Measure J, the team’s plan to build a $937 million stadium in Santa Clara. The election clears the way for the project to move forward with the hopes of opening the 68,500-seat facility in time for the 2014 season.
“For almost a decade and a half, the San Francisco 49ers and our faithful fans have dreamed about playing at home in a world-class stadium, and now those dreams are closer to reality,” said Jed York, the Niners' team president and CEO. “We can now proceed with our plans to build the premier, open-air sports and entertainment venue in the world.”
Tuesday’s victory comes after an extensive grass roots campaign effort, with the Niners having spent $4 million in support of Measure J. More than 700 people from Santa Clara and throughout the Bay Area volunteered their time in support of the election.
“We are as thrilled by the results as we are humbled by the effort that so many people put into its success,” York added.
Plans call for the Niners to begin construction on a new stadium in 2012, once project approvals and financing plans are finalized. The team said its name will remain the San Francisco 49ers.
“We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done, and it is now our responsibility to finish the job by delivering on the remainder of the plan,” York said. “But, the best fans in the NFL deserve the best stadium, and our new home will continue to make them proud to cheer on the San Francisco 49ers for generations to come.”
Under preliminary terms with the team, the city of Santa Clara and area hotels will contribute $114 million to the state-of-the-art stadium, which will be situated next to the Great America theme park.
The Niners have called Candlestick Park their home since the early 1970s and have won five Super Bowls during their stay.
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