Oct-17-2009, 02:24 AM #1
Meet the California Redwoods
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San Francisco Metropolitan Area
Background. San Francisco is the fourth largest city in California with over 764,000 residents and the 12th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. San Francisco is part of the Bay area (approximately 7.2 million people) and in 2006; 15.8 million people visited the city and injected $7.8 billion into the local economy. The city is a cultural mecca in terms of arts, music, festivals, and museums. The metropolitan area is the sixth-largest TV market and the fourth largest radio market in the U.S. The city is also home to several Fortune 500 companies and large corporations such as Levi Strauss, Palm, URS, Williams-Sonoma, Wells Fargo, PG&E Corp. and Charles Schwab.
In the sports arena, the San Francisco metro area has been home to the MLB's Giants (since 1958), the NBA's San Francisco Warriors (1962-1971), the Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) San Francisco Dragons (since 2006) and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers (since 1946). The surrounding San Francisco Bay area is home to the NHL's San Jose Sharks (since 1991), the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) San Jose Stealth (since 2004) and the Arena Football League’s San Jose SaberCats (since 1995). The area also hosts the MLS's San Jose Earthquakes (since 2008), the California League's San Jose Giants (since 1988), the NBA’s Golden State Warriors (since 1971), the MLB's Oakland Athletics (since 1968) and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders (since 1960 and returned in 1995).
The San Francisco Bay Area is also well-represented in college sports. Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco all compete in NCAA division competitions.
Football History. The city of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area has supported its professional football teams. The San Francisco 49ers is one of the NFL’s most storied franchises and has won five Super Bowl titles, including four during the 1980s. Since its inception in 1946, the 49ers have called the city home for over 60 years and continually sell-out games at Monster Park.
The Oakland Raiders have won three Super Bowl titles and one American Football League Championship title. The team has a rampant fan base and currently averages near sell-out games at McAfee Stadium.
Focusing on outdoor professional football leagues other than the NFL, the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League, drew nearly 24,000 fans per game over three years (1983-85) at McAfee Coliseum. Even the San Francisco XFL team drew well, as the Demons were the league’s highest drawing team during the spring of 2001, averaging more than 35,000 fans per game at AT&T Park despite a (5-5) record.
Facilities and Stadiums. There are several facilities in the San Francisco metropolitan area which could host a UFL team. The most appealing venue may be the Giants’ baseball stadium AT&T Park in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, which seats 41,530. Since 2002, the city has annually hosted the Emerald Bowl which features a match-up of college football teams from the ACC and Pac-10 conferences. In recent years, the bowl game has attracted an average of 32,500 fans. Historically, San Francisco Bay area baseball stadiums have been great venues for professional football. The 49ers have played at Monster Park (previously Candlestick Park) since 1971 and the Raiders’ have played at McAfee Coliseum (previously Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) from 1966-81 and again since 1995.
Another possible UFL venue is Stanford Stadium at Stanford University, which currently seats 50,000. The stadium was completely renovated in 2005-2006 and current amenities include two high-resolution video scoreboards, seven luxury suites, 400 Director’s level seats, closed circuit television at all concession stands and 200 concession points of sale. California Memorial Stadium at the University of California-Berkeley seats 75,662 and may be another possible location as the university is planning to make significant renovations to the 85-year-old stadium.
Dissatisfied with San Francisco’s new stadium proposal at Candlestick Point, the 49ers have opened negotiations with the city of Santa Clara for a new stadium. There is a new stadium proposal on the February 2009 ballot for the city of Santa Clara to decide if the city should move forward with a new football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. The Santa Clara City Council recently approved placing the vote on the February 2009 ballot and the 49ers are asking the city to invest $136 million to the project. The estimated total cost of the stadium is $916 million and its location would be adjacent to California’s Great America Park and the current 49ers headquarters and practice facility. The new stadium is expected to seat 65,000 and open in 2012. The UFL will continue to monitor the situation of the new stadium proposal in Santa Clara as Monster Park may come available as a possible venue for a UFL team.
California Redwoods vs. Las Vegas Locomotives
October 08, 2009 6:00PM PST @ Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
New York Sentinels vs. California Redwoods
October 17, 2009 6:00PM PST @ AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
California Redwoods vs. Florida Tuskers
October 22, 2009 7:00PM EST @ Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FL
California Redwoods vs. New York Sentinels
October 29, 2009 7:00PM EST @ Giant Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ
Las Vegas Locomotives vs. California Redwoods
November 14, 2009 6:00PM PST @ AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
Florida Tuskers vs. California Redwoods
November 19, 2009 6:00PM PST @ AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA
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