Most folks around here at ninersnation are well aware that a proposal is on the table to build a new stadium based on this design in Santa Clara. jobrien put up a fanpost the other day about the new stadium, and urnext opened a discussion of the finances of the deal--and the last thing I want to do here is to step on what was discussed there. What I'm wondering about is this: how satisfied are you with the design of this specific stadium? This means that I'm not concerned with whether you're ok with the move to Santa Clara, nor with whether you're concerned about the legitimacy of the team retaining the San Fransisco title, nor with whether it's a good enough deal for the team or Santa Clara.
The reason I ask the question is this: many of the new stadiums these days kill their teams' home field advantage by putting the seats too far from the field (Gilette Stadium) or by removing the lid (Indy's new stadium) or by doing various other things. If you don't believe me, read this article: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/partone/081121. Does anyone know whether they ran this design by an acoustical engineer? Seattle is one of the few places that did this right when building their new stadium, and they were able to do it right because they asked these questions ahead of time. The result has been a formidable home field advantage--a place where your cheering actually makes a difference on the field. Crowd noise makes a huge difference in your team's rushing attack (check Michael Turner's home vs. away yards per carry averages, for example) and in your team's defense overall, since opposing team's offensive lines can't fly off the ball if they don't hear the snap--and that's not even mentioning false start penalties. And hey Fooch--next time you have a sit down with your buddy Jed York, could you ask him about this?