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Question of the Day
The 49ers have played in San Francisco since their establishment in 1946, including the last 41 years at historic Candlestick Park, where the team has won all five of its Super Bowl titles.
The whipping winds and cold air from the city’s famous fog made conditions constantly change. That’s far from the near year-round sunshine _ and temperatures that can be 20-25 degrees warmer _ down in Santa Clara, where most players and coaches already live.
The aging Candlestick facility is long overdue for a makeover, has some of the worst sightlines of any major professional sports venue and is a logistical nightmare for commuters. Two power outages also delayed a Monday night victory over Pittsburgh last season.
Candlestick has still never failed to deliver memories, good and bad, from “The Catch” by Dwight Clark to win the 1982 NFC Championship and the first earthquake captured on live television during pregame warm-ups for Game 3 of the 1989 World Series, coincidentally between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.
All that has made the transition difficult for some fans.
“I realize this is a bittersweet day for a lot of people,” York said. “I want to make this clear: We are the San Francisco 49ers, and we will always be the San Francisco 49ers.”
The cost of the Santa Clara stadium will be covered by three primary sources.
The team and the city received an $850 million bank loan. Santa Clara voters passed a plan two years ago for the city and area hotels to contribute $114 million, and NFL owners in February approved a $200 million loan _ the first under the league’s new G-4 loan policy initiated after the new collective bargaining agreement.
The G-4 policy replaces a plan that allowed a maximum of $150,000 per team in loans.
“It’s a far cry from where I started at Kezar (Stadium),” former 49ers coach George Seifert said. “It’s pretty awesome.”
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