Cedar Fair Opposes Proposed 49ers Stadium

The San
Francisco 49ers, the City of Santa Clara and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
(the owner of Great America), have had a series of meetings to discuss the 49ers’
proposed new stadium to be located on Great America’s main parking lot. The
land on which Great America and the parking lot is located is owned by the City

Santa Clara
but is leased to Cedar Fair through 2039.

After a
careful review of the 49ers’ proposal, Cedar Fair believes that the traffic,
parking and other operational problems that would be created by putting the
stadium in the middle of Great America’s main parking area are insurmountable
and would place the continued operation of the park at risk.

Cedar Fair
has analyzed information provided by the 49ers themselves regarding parking,
usage dates, project footprint, and traffic flow. While other parties can weigh
in on the fiscal and environmental risks that building a new stadium would
bring to the residents of

Santa Clara,
we oppose the stadium as proposed for three basic reasons specific to the interests
of Great America’s guests:

Unacceptable parking limitations for Great
America visitors.

Increased congestion for Great America

Irreconcilable limits on Great America
improvement plans.

When Cedar
Fair concluded that an amusement park and the stadium as proposed could not
successfully coexist, Cedar Fair offered the City and the 49ers the option of
redeveloping the entire parcel. The next step will be for the citizens and the
City of

Santa Clara
to decide: should the Great America site be used for a new 49ers’ stadium or
should the park continue to operate? If the City and its citizens believe that
the best use of this property is for a new stadium, then Cedar Fair is willing
to consider selling the remainder of its lease and all of its interest and
assets to the City or 49ers for fair market value.


America has
been a favorite family destination for generations of visitors who enjoy clean,
affordable, accessible entertainment. Cedar Fair is committed to maximizing the
experience of our guests at Great America; the 49ers stadium as proposed is a
threat to that commitment.

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