National Football League executives were scheduled Tuesday to tour a Silicon Valley site where the 49ers want to build a new stadium, a day after San Francisco’s mayor gave his pitch to keep the team in the city, the Associated Press reports. Mayor Gavin Newsom briefed league officials Monday on the city’s proposal to build a new stadium at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard along San Francisco Bay, a federal Superfund site long plagued by toxic pollution. “It could be a special place, but the devil is in the details,” NFL senior vice president Neil Glat said. City officials have said the shipyard can be cleaned up in time to open a new stadium in 2012.
49ers owners are favoring a Santa Clara theme park parking lot south of the city as their top location, although Great America park officials recently announced they oppose the plan over concerns it could hurt their business. “We’re concerned about a loss of parking and the construction process to build a new stadium,” said Stacy Frole, spokeswoman for Ohio-based Cedar Fair, which owns Great America. The NFL cannot directly dictate where the 49ers build a new stadium, but historically the league has lent teams money for new arenas. In addition, three-quarters of NFL teams also must approve a team’s move.