Santa Clara's Proposal For 49ers Stadium Falls $51 Million Short

A new report says Santa Clara County's proposal to help the San Francisco 49ers build a new stadium falls $51 million short.

The report released Friday raises the financial hurdles facing the South Bay stadium project. Santa Clara city officials say the
$160 million contribution the team requested to help build the $854 million stadium will strain the city financially.

But the team says the shortfall is not a deal breaker.

The Santa Clara proposal emerged after team gave up on building a new stadium on Candlestick Point, their San Francisco home since
1971.

The proposed stadium would be near the 49ers' longtime training complex in Santa Clara. The team hopes it'll be ready by the 2012
season.

The report will be officially presented to the city council on Tuesday. Council members will decide in January whether to send the project to voters.

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Information from: San Jose Mercury News,
http://www.sjmercury.com

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