Brisbane is second-stringer for 49ers' stadium

Brisbane, San Francisco's sleepy neighbor, has a large amount of land and could emerge as one more player competing for the right to build a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.

For more than a decade, the tiny hamlet tucked up against San Bruno Mountain has been in contact periodically with the legendary franchise to discuss the potential for building a new NFL facility on the 650-acre Baylands site, according to team officials.

Within the last three weeks, Brisbane and the team, headquartered in Santa Clara, have discussed whether a stadium should be included in a study on the environmental impact of a Universal Paragon Corp. proposal to develop the site.

“Now would be a good time for them to get included in that,” Brisbane City Manager Clayton Holstine said. Team officials would need to indicate to the city within the next two months whether they wanted to be a part of that study, Holstine said.

The city of Santa Clara is still in negotiations with the team about the specifics of a deal to build a new stadium and relocate the games to the South Bay, according to Carol McCarthy, an assistant city manager with Santa Clara.

The revelation of team talks with Brisbane were a “surprise” to Baylands land owner Universal Paragon Corp., General Manager Steve Hanson said.

The company has hopes of developing a total of 8 million square feet of buildings that would entertain a variety of uses, including a hub for clean technology, he said.

Niners spokeswoman Lisa Lang said there appeared to be some interest in investigating the potential for a stadium at the Baylands site.

“While we continue to focus on the Santa Clara site and the alternative option of Hunters Point, we are stillopen to exploring other backup plans as they arise,” Lang said.

The 49ers, which has long decried the conditions at Candlestick Park, announced in November 2006 that it was interested in relocating to Santa Clara.

Subsequently, The City pitched a new stadium option on the site of the former Hunters Point shipyard.

A major development project including the stadium would incorporate up to 10,000 housing units, parks, retail and a green technology campus — and stunning views, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“All things being equal, they'll have a very hard time arguing for Brisbane,” he told The Examiner on Monday.

dsmith@sfexaminer.com

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