Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Night Football at the Stick

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At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you posted this before the power went out, twice.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, but it still would have been Monday Night Football at the Stick. The electrical failure confirms for the 49ers that SF and Candlestick are no longer an adequate venue for their team and validates their move to Santa Clara. You folks can't even keep the lights on!

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you folks"

What the hell does that mean? Can't wait for your always-bitching ass to GTFO as well.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

It's obvious to anyone without a bike-centric worldview what that means. The Niners want to leave SF and Candlestick Park because they want/need a new stadium. Last night simply confirms what they've been saying for years: Candlestick is no longer adequate, it's old and decaying, we need a new stadium, we're out of here.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a 49er fan, not a bike person.

 
At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't need lights in Santa Clara Rob. Hope you enjoyed that game - because the workers in Silicon Valley all drive their cars to work, and the 49ers are counting on office parks parking lots for Stadium parking - Monday Night Football will be verboten at the Santa Clara Stadium site, because the offices will not cede the parking on business days.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Oh, bullshit. Evidence, please.

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the Niners

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Okay, thanks. But that story is two years old. It would be surprising if the parking issue isn't settled before construction of the new stadium is complete.

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's an EIR for you to sue.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be surprising if the parking issue isn't settled before construction of the new stadium is complete.

It would be shocking if they could settle it. I work down here - the area around the stadium is booming and the businesses are very protective of their parking - businesses around Shoreline Amphitheatre hire security guards to keep concertgoers from using their lots. There is NO spare land to build stadium specific parking.

Parking is not the only issue. A Monday night game would start at 5:30 PM - the heart of an already snarled rush hour on 101/237/880. Now add in 70,000 football fans. Impossible.

The Niners do a lot of hand waving stating that the area is "well served by transit". It takes substantially less time to walk from Bayshore Caltrain to Candlestick than it takes to ride VTA light rail from Mountain View Caltrain to the Santa Clara site. The new facility will be nightmarish but fortunately there are very few residences near the site.

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The rush-hour traffic problems are similar for SF and Candlestick. We'll see how it's worked out, but I bet it will be. Hard to believe there's a single NFL franchise that's willing to give up a Monday Night Football game.

 
At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MNF is a shell of its past. No one watches it.

Also, for someone so in love with cars, you should know that area is going to be a cluster fuck.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The Pittsburg/SF game on Monday night had the highest rating of any program on either broadcast or cable TV.

Traffic is a problem at every big public event.

I went to the Nov. 20 49er game at Candlestick via Muni's 77X express line that goes down Van Ness to the freeway and stops in front of Candlestick Park. After the game, you board the same line in exactly the same place. Very efficient, few delays, $12 round-trip. A bargain.

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the Nov. 20 49er game at Candlestick via Muni's 77X express line that goes down Van Ness to the freeway and stops in front of Candlestick Park. After the game, you board the same line in exactly the same place. Very efficient, few delays, $12 round-trip. A bargain.

How would you go to a game at Santa Clara?

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I would have to drive or hitch a ride with someone. But I rarely go to 49er games these days, since it's too expensive. My ticket for the Nov. 20 game---a gift from my cousin---was $129!

 

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