Oct 13, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco fans in parking lot before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinal at Candlestick Park. Right to left, John Haden, Eric Tam, Anthony Wa, Bill Pedilla, Dave Maritnez and Mario Venezuela.. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Montana says San Francisco "wasted an opportunity" to keep 49ers in city

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Four time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana was critical of former leaders of the city of San Francisco recently, at a forum for European NFL fans. Montana said that those leaders made a “terrible effort” in keeping the Niners in the city.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said that San Fran had the opportunity to build a sports mecca downtown and wasted the opportunity. Not that he minds them leaving Candlestick Park, which is clearly outdated. In fact Montana said that the worst stadium he ever played in was indeed his own. He also doesn’t mind that the team is moving to Santa Clara, which has made an outstanding effort to welcome the 49ers properly.

Santa Clara has made a beautiful new state-of-the-art stadium and is beyond excited to get the 49ers in. Montana said “it’s not like they went to Oakland”, taking a perhaps unintentional shot at the across-the-bay rival Raiders.

I’m not a fan of Candlestick, I don’t know anyone that is. It’s a little bit of a landmark, but not really one that anyone will miss. As Montana was, I was pretty shocked that the city of San Francisco wasn’t more proactive in their attempt to keep the Niners in town. It will be weird having them in Santa Clara.

[source: ESPN]


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