Stupid idea of the week: stadium at Hunters Point

In today’s Chronicle, columnists Matier and Ross suggest that a 49ers football stadium in Hunters Point might interest team owner John York.

The photograph running with the piece makes it all too clear, but just in case you need a geography lesson, the map above shows a little problem with this idea: the stadium would be utterly impossible to get to. You think Candlestick is hard to access? Try Hunters Point.

5 Comments so far

  1. tyler82 (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Couldn’t they theoretically extend the new third street light rail out a few blocks to a new park?? that would solve the commuter problem. those who live within bart and muni service will find it much quicker and easier to take pub trans to a game anyway, that’s what i do and there couldn’t be a more convenient hassle free way

  2. Mark (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    Good question. The still-unlaunched Third St. Light Rail line is over a mile from any possible site in Hunters Point, so it would be useless in bringing fans there (or Candlestick, for that matter), unless they build an extension. In fact, that’s the only way it could possibly work — especially if it were combined with large parking lots near the spot where the freeway crosses the light rail line.

  3. tyler82 (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    i think the best idea to prevent parking lot sprawl would be to perhaps build more spaces at nearby bart parking lots in the peninsula and east bay and instruct out of towners to park there and ride in. in a city like sf with such a housing crisis we just don’t have the room for huge parking lots like they do in the east bay and down near san jose. giants stadium doesn’t have a parking lot either, and i’m sure that DPT would be thrilled with this idea with all of the money coming in from illegal street parking seeing as how it would be metered.

    does this seem like really stupid timing anyway seeing as how the city just pulled the olympic bid because the team was supposedly moving to SC and is now saying “ok well we will build you a stadium now” even though our hopes of hosting the olympics are ruined by a weeklong time lapse?

  4. Mark (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    i think the best idea to prevent parking lot sprawl would be to perhaps build more spaces at nearby bart parking lots in the peninsula and east bay and instruct out of towners to park there and ride in.

    Yes, but that would mean two transfers, and most people will put up with only one. My car to a train to the stadium — fine. My car to a train to another train to the stadium — most people will not put up with that extra step.

    Setting aside the East Bay — since the 49ers have many more fans on the Peninsula — I think a fan’s best bet would be to take CalTrain to the Bayshore CalTrian station, then this (presently not even proposed) light rail extension to Hunters Point. The farther south a fan lives, the better this option looks.

    But we also have to remember that for many fans the phenomenon of “tailgating” is perhaps the main attraction of attenting a 49ers game at all. They want to drive so they can have a “tailgate party.”* They’re never going to take public transit.

    * For readers outside the U.S.**, a “tailgate party” is a barbecue that takes place beside your car (or, more likely, your S.U.V. or pickup truck with its tailgate) in the parking lot of a stadium before the game. Fans bring along barbecue grills, a lot of beer, and food to cook, and arrive up to four hours before game time. They consume massive quantities of food and beer and then go into the stadium. This has become an American tradition.

    ** I add this footnote because I’m so used to reading, for example, the Bangalore metroblog and seeing references to stuff I have no idea what they’re talking about.

  5. tyler82 (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

    not to mention that if there were an earthquake that ground will immediately liquify possibly destroying the new multi million dollar stadium setting the stage for a possible mass death

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