Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a financing plan to build a new $1.2 billion football stadium near the Staples Center. While they don't have a team in place, it's hard to imagine a team not making the necessary move to get into one of the biggest media markets in the country.
Such a possibility gets the rumors and analysis flowing, and naturally the 49ers have been included in the mix of teams that have sufficient stadium issues that they could consider moving. This isn't to say the 49ers are a favorite among this group, or that it isn't more than idle speculation, but it's still worth noting.
The author of the ESPNLA post linked above, Arash Markazi, discussed the 49ers lease and there potential plans with the Raiders in his outlook:
Outlook: It's unlikely the 49ers would leave San Francisco and their stadium proposal has picked up steam since the end of the lockout. The team has a website devoted to the new stadium with pictures and videos and recently unveiled a scale model during a Santa Clara news conference. York seems to think the team will have the financing in place to start construction in 2013; whether that will include a partnership with the Raiders remains a lingering question.
The 49ers are at least in a better position than the Raiders who have no real stadium plan in place. The 49ers acknowledged some discussions with the Raiders about a new stadium, but nothing concrete has developed to date. Al Davis seems intent to get a stadium in Oakland, while the 49ers have a plan already in place for Santa Clara.
Just out of curiosity, for those of you that attend 49ers games, whether it be individual or season tickets, how does the potential of an Oakland stadium sit with you compared to Santa Clara? For argument's sake, let's just assume the two teams came to an agreement on a deal, got $300 million from the NFL to help finance the stadium, and were ready to make a go of it. Would Oakland vs. Santa Clara be any sort of deal-breaker for you as far as whether you'd attend games? Or does it matter?
One thing I find myself curious about is how Silicon Valley sponsorship money could be impacted if the team ended up in Oakland instead of Santa Clara. One of the reasons the A's have looked into San Jose for a new stadium is the tech money. If the 49ers are going to finance a stadium on their own, I've got to think they'll need to tap into the Silicon Valley money.
In the meantime, here is some video I shot on Tuesday night at the Pasta Bowl. It is the scale model of the stadium and some artist renderings.