There’s a reason our local NFL franchise is called the San Francisco 49ers and not the Santa Clara 49ers. But that reason is crumbling and cracking and needs to be seriously revitalized. Candlestick Park may have a great view, but it is a serious eyesore for both fans and team management. However, City Insider reports that Mayor Gavin Newsom (how long do we keep calling him that?) has hatched a tentative lease with 49ers President Jed York.

John Coté writes that, “The deal, which still needs the approval of the Recreation and Park Commission and the Board of Supervisors, gives the Niners more flexibility to pull up stakes and move to Santa Clara but also settles a $60 million maintenance claim the team had filed against the city, a precursor to a lawsuit.”

Cracked concrete is not all that’s wrong at Candlestick.

The 49ers’ current Candlestick Park lease expires after the 2012 season. Renewing the lease would mean signing on for another five years. But the team hopes to move into a proposed stadium in Santa Clara in 2015 and doesn’t want to be on the hook to San Francisco for years of rent for a decaying stadium it’s not using.”

For the full story, go to City Insider.

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