Efforts renewed to keep 49ers at Candlestick 

Some San Francisco city and business leaders are launching a renewed attempt to convince the 49ers to remain at Candlestick Park.

The football franchise has consistently stated that it plans to move in the coming years to a new stadium planned next to its administration and training headquarters in Santa Clara.

The San Francisco officials are proposing to attempt to raise private capital to help fund the restoration of the dilapidated stadium in southeast San Francisco, according to San Francisco Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini, a 49ers fan who is helping to push the proposal forward.

The proposal would be heavily dependent upon selling naming rights for the stadium. San Francisco voters earlier this year approved the sale of naming rights advertising for the city-owned facility. 

“Leaders from the Committee on Jobs, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, labor, businesses and Recreation and Park [Department] and others have begun outreach to businesses and individuals asking them to consider working with The City and the 49ers to help fund improvements at Candlestick in return for advertising,” Antonini said in a written statement Thursday.

“Leaders have twice stepped up to save the San Francisco Giants. One would expect no less from our leaders when dealing with our home grown, five-time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers,” Antonini wrote.

Team spokeswoman Lisa Lang said the franchise has not been approached about the proposal.

The City and homebuilder Lennar Corp. have unsuccessfully attempted to convince the team to move to a new stadium in the heart of a planned redevelopment at the shuttered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

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