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May 3, 2007
Santa Clara stadium would be good for Sacramento fans

Did you know there are more 49ers season-ticket holders in the Sacramento area than in San Francisco? It's true. Residents who live in the city of San Francisco make up 9 percent of the season ticket base vs. 10 percent from the Sacramento area.

This according to Jed York, who Thursday gave the 49ers' beat writers an hourlong overview of where things stand with the team's new stadium, the price tag of which is up to $853,768,000. And you thought your new home was expensive.

So if the new stadium ends up in Santa Clara - and it's looking more and more as if that will be the case - is it a good deal for the 10 percent from the 916? I believe it is.

Sure, it will be farther away as the crow flies. But in all practicality, I think it will be a shorter trip - time-wise - between Sacramento and Santa Clara. First, you won't be sucked into the Bay Bridge vortex, a two-mile span that often constitutes half the trip. Sure the Benicia-Martinez Bridge on 680 could cause some issues, but you also could travel via Stockton and I-5, avoiding bridges altogether.

Also, the immediate traffic around the stadium should be significantly better.

As it stands now, cars must filter through neighborhood streets to get off Candlestick Point, which, after all, is a peninsula. And once you're off those streets, you're onto Highway 101, the only highway in the vicinity. The Santa Clara site has several arteries to get you out of the stadium area, and there are three highways - 101, 880 and 137 - within a few miles.

The best part for Sacramentans is that you don't have to pay (other than fuel, tickets, parking and personal seat licenses, that is.) The team is asking the City of Santa Clara to come up with $160 million for the stadium - and so far, at least, the city seems more than willing to explore the possibility.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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