A couple of days ago, Mike Rosenberg reported on a privately-financed development project that would be built, to the tune of $6.5 billion, across from Levi's Stadium. Replacing a golf and tennis center and a BMX track, the project would potentially employ 23,000 permanent employees making a combined payroll of about $1.6 billion a year, according to Rosenberg. The plan has the development taking up 8 million square feet, consisting of office space, 30 restaurants, 350-room hotel, 380 apartment units, and 1 million square feet of shops-including departments stores-a movie theater, a comedy or jazz club, a bowling alley, and an arts performance center. All this information can be found in Rosenberg's article.
All of this sounds incredibly impressive. I imagine that there are still a lot of little things to be worked out-there is already opposition, in fact, from the stadium opposition group. Parking for this type of final product could be a nightmare to coordinate. I imagine, in fact, that parking would have to be coordinated with the stadium itself. They might need to share parking, unless this new mega-project is including parking in the plans.
But, I wanted to pose a basic question for discussion, because I'm interested in hearing what other fans have to say: how much should we, as fans, care about seeing this project completed successfully? The development seems to be part of the larger mentality Santa Clara officials have regarding local development: they clearly want more of it. And, this affects the culture surrounding the stadium, particularly if that development-friendly culture can persuade the NFL to have more Super Bowls in Santa Clara than they would have.
Yet, it's pretty easy to think that this is just tangential to the stadium. Yes, perhaps Jed York cares; perhaps his financial gurus care. It could generate revenue for this team. But, this is a team that doesn't seem to have problems generating revenue. Do you think Trent Baalke cares about the project? Jim Harbaugh? Anybody actually involved in day-to-day football activities?
I guess this question comes down to one thing: does this enhance your desire to go to a game? By having a dining and shopping complex so readily available, are you more willing to make a trip to see a game? Less willing?