Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants to Try Yet Again for New Ballpark

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants to Try Yet Again for New Ballpark

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Smitten with the Colorado Rockies' brand new ballpark, San Francisco Giants' owner Peter Magowan is readying yet another in a seemingly endless series of campaigns to persuade San Francisco voters to approve a new baseball stadium.

Giants' management has chased the elusive dream of a new ballpark since 1982; 15 proposals have been floated, and four were rejected by the voters - twice in San Francisco, twice in Santa Clara County.

Now the Giants are quietly preparing a new drive, a 1996 ballot measure that would lead to groundbreaking in 1997 and a completed ballpark in 2000.

The ballpark would be built in China Basin at the same waterfront site that was the subject of a 1989 ballot measure that lost, 50.5 to 49.4 percent, less than a month after the Loma Prieta earthquake traumatized San Francisco.

The Giants haven't taken the wraps off their dream ballpark yet, but Magowan said it's a sure bet that it won't require the public funding commitment that contributed to the defeat of previous ballpark plans.

Magowan said the Giants' ballpark plan differs in two significant respects from any previously submitted to the electorate.

First, it will be "a more privately financed park than any new park has been," said Magowan.

Second, it will be part of a sports-entertainment complex, "something San Francisco badly needs. It will create many more jobs and much more tax base than anything else proposed," he said.

Magowan said the estimated cost of the ballpark would be $185 million. The defeated 1989 measure called for a $115 million commitment from the city.

The project will have to be put before San Francisco voters, because the structure will exceed height limits prescribed for the area by city ordinance. Magowan said that the ballpark could be on the ballot early in 1996.

In an attempt to rally support from San Francisco, Magowan led a contingent of city officials to Denver for the Giants' three-game series with the Rockies, which concluded Thursday.

They met with Joe Spear, the construction supervisor from St. …

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