San Francisco Prepares for Life Without the 49ers

Politicians, developers mull what to do with Candlestick Park if NFL team leaves.

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    The 49ers days at Candlestick Park appeared to be numbered but the City still wants to develop the area to attract fans and more people alike.

    With the 49ers looking more and more likely to be taking a permanent 50 mile trip south on the 101, San Francisco is left to figure out what to do with Candlestick Park.

    At one point, the Stick used to be home to both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers and it used to host a bevvy of concerts and events.

    But now, other than the occasional international soccer match, the outdated stadium sits largely dormant when the 49ers are playing there.

    The City has a plan in place, whether the 49ers stay or leave.

    "Our current plans for the site of Candlestick Park call for a mixed-use retail entertainment district, including a performance arena of 10,000 seats for small sporting events and concerts," Hunters Point project developer Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner told The San Francisco Examiner.

    San Francisco Planning Commissioner Mike Antonini would still like a larger stadium in the area. He told the paper that he would like to have a football team -- the 49ers or another one -- play in the Hunter's Point area.

    Earlier this month, the 49ers announced that the team had secured $850 million in loan guarantees to finance the nearly $1 billion stadium project.

    Still Antonini has given the contact information of a developer known to build world class stadiums but Mayor Ed Lee's office told the paper it has no ambitions of throwing a "Hail Mary" to keep the 49ers in San Francisco.

    Lee has already publicly stated he believes the 49ers are bound for both the Super Bowl and a Santa Clara move.

    After the game against Arizona over the weekend, a Santa Clara move looks like the better bet to hedge your funds on.