The initial plan for the San Francisco 49ers’ intention of keeping the team in San Francisco has another speed bump to overcome as Philip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle are reporting that team president Jed York has a Plan B in the event that they cannot get approval for a stadium proposal in which a stadium would be built on land where the Great America theme park is sitting (Santa Clara). The Plan B? The possibility of sharing Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with the Oakland Raiders.
York says that sharing a stadium with the Raiders – either in Santa Clara or Oakland – is “something that we would be open to exploring.” Despite that statement, no talks are currently in the works. Meanwhile, the Cedar Fair (home to Great America) was recently sold to Apollo Global Management, which could either stadium talks or even become the forst step in the 49ers’ quest to take over Great America. York also made mention of the Coliseum’s proximity to infrastructure, the BART light-rail system and Amtrak in touting the Raiders’ location.
Regardless of what happens when the smoke finally clears, York was emphatic about the team staying in the Bay Area, stating that the team has no interest on the Los Angeles area.