Posted Thursday, December 27, 2007 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
There was plenty of conflicting math last week as Santa Clara completed its review of a stadium project proposed by the 49ers. Cedar Fair, which would close Great America on the four days a year when the 49ers were playing a regular season home game during the park's season, wants "unilateral" control over stadium scheduling, to be reimbursed for lost revenue and to receive a cut of stadium parking revenue.
Read more from The Mercury News.
8 regular season games & 2 preseason games (that season ticket holders are required to purchase.
Plus any other events that can take plave such as college football games, soccar games, concerts etc.
On a lighter note, if the 49ers, who basically stink now, want to build it 'there', the NFL will begin the push. The NFL has a hell of a lot more clout than Cedar Fair.
Lastly, Cedar Fair has zero business asking for parking loot, loss of revenue dollars, etc. If they cannot maintain animals in Ohio, forget even micro-manging a professional sports operation.
Hershey Entertainment owns an IHL hockey team, yet they only own 7-8 player contracts. There is not much communication between the Bears and Hersheypark!, let alone scheduling demands, parking access,etc. Its a big hands off to those not involved.
Great America probably will blow this, being part of a team. God-forbid you take advantage of the 'complex team' being proposed here, with same day festival events in the parking lots, player appearances in the park, and on and on.
Cedar Fair needs to focus on adding foodservice operations, removing the Pepsi cheapo fast food signs, adding dark rides, fun houses, classic flats, and just plain convincing the overwhelming weekenders to visit mid-week. Leave the 49ers to the NFL.
Cedar Fair does not know it all.
The NFL has infinitely more clout and leverage in total (obviously, LOL), but in negotiating with the city, they are more on an equal footing. If the city were forced to back on or the other, they'd sell PGA down the river.....oh, but there's that pesky contract. ;)
I've said mnay times how this park was the weak sister of the Paramount properties. But in CF terms, the park is a valuable commodity - and that lease gives them a bargaining chip they'll use to make Santa Clara and the NFL pay, and pay dearly, to get CF to close.
Not that CF thought as highly of the park BEFORE the NFL began expressing interest in that location... ;)
I fear this is also a situation where even though they are totally in the right and don't want their business to be harmed, they might be perceived negatively by the public. Afterall, people like their football.
Isn't it obvious, Jeff? If they can't maintain animals, they can't maintain cars! ;)
Goodbye Great America, I hope I get to visit you before they shut the doors like they did in Aurora. Guess I should have made that side trip after Santa Cruz
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