Gary says that Spartan Stadium -- a venue only three-quarters AT&T Park's size -- is potentially a better fit for the league. If the UFL survives another year -- and "we're planning on it," Gary says -- it would have to bob and weave around the many events taking place at the Giants' stadium. Spartan Stadium, meanwhile, is mainly used only on Saturdays for San Jose State football games.
Meanwhile, the New York Sentinels' Nov. 4 game was similarly moved from the New York Mets' Citi Field in Queens to Hofstra Stadium. It seems the league is opting for small-timier venues right now.
That's not to say San Francisco has lost the Redwoods for good (and, prior to the season, team owner Paul Pelosi told SF Weekly that the ambiguous "California" designation was applied so he could move the team around Northern California without having to alter its stationery, so to speak). The team will be back on Nov. 19, after all. But it's hard to imagine San Francisco's fan base, distracted by a multiplicity of pro teams and countless non-sporting pastimes, outdrawing the South Bay.
San Jose-area cities hoard professional sporting franchises; it's a status symbol and part of the region's Sisyphean effort to overtake San Francisco as the regional capital and the jewel in Northern California's crown. A decade ago we wrote that denizens of San Jose would show up to watch which dog took the biggest crap as long as you told them it was a professional league. And the UFL is much better than that.
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