Whether arena or concert hall, SF's planning director insists it must be an element of a mixed-use project, and the San Francisco Giants, who are eying the property, appear to have no problem with that concept.
"Giants President Larry Baer said his only regret (when they began the planning for the current stadium site in the mid 1990s) is not being more aggressive from the start as the surrounding neighborhood was being developed, and he is trying to catch up now."
"There are so many opportunities that are within a five-minute walk for adding to the urban landscape," he said. "The opportunity to build a new neighborhood around this ballpark and to help seed the future of this neighborhood for generations is something that's wonderful."
Bloomberg also details the financing of the current stadium, one of the few privately built ballparks in the U.S., the storied history of the land where the ballpark sits, and the passage of Measure B that allowed construction of the waterfront site.