In speaking for all of his fellow 49ers teammates on Wednesday, cornerback Tarell Brown sounded very pleased to hear the citizens of Santa Clara had approved the plan for a new 49ers stadium.
“I’m excited and I know my teammates are too. It’s been a long time coming,” said Brown on an off day for players between OTA sessions. “A lot of people are really excited about it, and it just shows you how much trust the city has in us as 49ers and the great job they’ve done upstairs in getting the job done.”
With 59.61 percent of the vote in favor of Measure J, the citizens of Santa Clara supported the stadium measure not just with votes but with their time. Some 700 hundred volunteers took part in the campaign process, spreading the word about the benefits of having a world-class stadium in the heart of Santa Clara’s entertainment district.
Because of the outpouring of public support around town, the players truly felt the passion from those around them in the community.
“It makes you realize how much people care about not just the team or the city, but things outside of the football in the community,” rookie safety Taylor Mays added. “The people are extremely passionate and that’s what I’ve realized from seeing this stadium vote go through.”
In respecting that passion of the team’s Faithful fan base, the 49ers will remain as the San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker Matt Wilhelm put the stadium change into perspective best.
“The tradition of this organization with all the championships and the Hall of Famers is not going to go away over night just because the stadium is moving. We’re going to wear the ‘SF’ on our helmet and we’re representing more than just San Francisco, we’re representing the whole Bay Area.”
Most of the players had been following the campaign results last night, but fell asleep like many of us, not knowing the final outcome.
Thankfully, they were informed of the positive vote when drove to work this morning only to see a giant billboard posted on the corner of Tasman Dr. and Centennial Blvd. which read, “Future home of the San Francisco 49ers.”
“I saw that this morning coming in and thought to myself, ‘It’s going to be crazy!’ Brown said with a smile. “I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people and surpass a lot of stadiums. This is going to be one of the top stadiums people will love to come play at.”
Brown sees the new stadium as a great venue for all Bay Area football fans, not just the players on the field.
“At the end of the day we’re still the San Francisco 49ers. There are a lot of other teams who have the stadium in different cities, just like the New York Giants playing in New Jersey and the Dallas Cowboys playing in Arlington. Regardless of where you put the stadium, that’s not going to change who we are and where we’ve come from.”
For more information on the 49ers new stadium visit: www.49ersnewstadium.com
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