Published: October 11, 2007 at 7:00 AM
This is all going to come down to what the town of Santa Clara wants. Cedar Fair has a lease with the city through 2039, and the park area is zoned amusement. I doubt that Cedar Fair planned on leaving (They wouldn't really care about the stadium if that were the case), but if the city wants to buy their lease out and the residents want the stadium instead of the amusement park, than it appears that Cedar Fair would gracefully exit...with a handful of money from someone. The bottom line for them is that they feel the stadium would ultimately hurt the business of Great America in one way or another. I don't know if more money in Cedar Fair's pocket from the city would change that perception or not.
After taking a look, I have to agree that parking and other things would indeed be a mess when gameday rolls around. Granted with the NFL that is only 8 times a year, but I somehow doubt that the 49ers will be the only ones using the stadium. Plus, this will put the park in a precarious situation landwise. The park would then be pretty much landlocked, and new projects would be a problem. Also, the stadium will significantly increase the commercial value of the land. Wherever the stadium is built, not too long after, businesses/corporations/real estate investors will be tapping on the city's shoulder to develop around it...offering a lot of money for the land around the stadium...(can anyone say Six Flags Astroworld?) The idea of the 49ers buying and running the park is a bit of a laugh. First of all, they wouldn't run anything. In fact, I suspect that they would dole out a management contract for the first couple years, seek to buy the land, and than kick, scream, cry, and pay out money to someone until they get the green light to close the place. Than after they closed it, they would sell the land to the highest bidder, and Santa Clara would be another city with a stadium surrounded with sports bars, malls, and gift shops. A bit jaded and cynical I know, but you watch and see what happens if the 49ers buy the park.
By the way, heres the press release from Cedar Fair concerning this matter