San Francisco 49ers president Jed York said Monday the team remains committed to building a new stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area and will consider sharing a new venue with the cross-bay rival Oakland Raiders.
But York said because of the recent economic downturn, the
team's goal of playing the 2012 NFL season in a new home will not
be met. He said the 49ers won't have a new stadium built and ready
for use until a later date.
York made the comments during the 49ers' first State of the
Franchise event for season ticket holders at the San Mateo
Performing Arts Center.
"Whatever we do, we are going to stay the San Francisco
49ers," said York, the 27-year-old son of team owners John York
and Denise DeBartolo York. "And we want to make sure that our fans
know that we are going to build a championship-caliber team, and we
are going to have a championship-caliber place to play."
York said plans to build a new stadium near the Great America
theme park in Santa Clara remain the team's first priority. The
49ers continue to work closely with Santa Clara officials on the
project, which the team hopes can be on a ballot before Santa Clara
voters in November.
The 49ers also continue to explore options in San Francisco at
Hunters Point and Candlestick Park, where the team has played its
home games since 1971.
"Everything that we're working on is to get something done in
the Bay Area," York said. "I do take some responsibility with our
relationship with the city of San Francisco. ... In order for
anything to get done - refurbishing Candlestick, looking at Hunters
Point as an option, looking at a complete remodel of Candlestick -
there has to be an open dialogue between the 49ers and the city of
York said the 49ers are not actively seeking a stadium deal with
the Raiders, but the team wants to continue exploring every option
"The NFL wants us to look at sharing a stadium, and that's
something we'll definitely consider," York said. "If anybody has
interest in looking at sharing a building, we're happy to sit down
and talk. Do I think it's definitely going to happen and we're
going to share a building with the Raiders? No, I don't. But I
wouldn't rule out anything in the Bay Area."
York spoke during the 90-minute presentation along with 49ers
chief operating officer Andy Dolich, general manager Scot
McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary, who received several
standing ovations from the audience of about 1,200.