Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The 49ers appear closer to realizing their stadium plans for Santa Clara after making concessions on the proposed level of public funding. That was the word Wednesday night from the San Jose Mercury News:
"With the nation plunging into a serious recession, the deal appears to have been shaped by the political reality of winning taxpayer financing for a stadium in tough times. It would move the 49ers a big step closer to leaving San Francisco after seven decades and five Super Bowl titles."
Team president Jed York said "we are getting pretty close to getting a deal done" that would result in putting the measure before voters. York: "I'd be disappointed if [a city council vote] wasn't by June."
Getting a stadium built in California -- during a recession, no less -- would stand as a significant achievement for York and the 49ers.
Candlestick Park is a relic by NFL standards. Building a stadium in Santa Clara would also make geographic sense for the organization, which is headquartered there. Fans arriving by plane for games -- and I'm sure that's how most of you roll -- could fly into San Jose.