Originally posted by Ninerguy:
Naturally. I'm not saying they won't sell out or anything like that. But I think the reason why a lot of fans are upset is because they are used to going to sf to watch games at candlestick park which has so much history behind it, as does the city. No doubt they will make a ton of money out there but I really think that a majority of the fans who attend games at candlestick will have to travel farther and thus spend more money to attend a game in Santa Clara. The team will be secluded in the South Bay and make the journey farther for all the sf, east bay, north bay, and even sacramento 49er fans.
Obviously no matter where you put a stadium, it will be closer to some and further from others. It will be further from people who live in San Francisco and north of it, but it will be closer for people who live in Palo Alto all the way to Santa Cruz.
I am guessing that there are more fans in the South Bay for two reasons. First, there is a higher population. Second, suburban areas tend to have more sports fans (that is a guess).
I can understand why San Francisco fans are upset. Obviously, they are used to not having to go far for a game; as well as the pride of knowing the team plays within the city of its namesake (technically, they play in the city of South San Francisco, but close enough).
Again, on the other side of that coin, many people are happy that their favorite team is moving closer to them, and you have to understand why they are happy about it.