Letter from James Rowen

The articles in the Weekly are the best evidence of why the Santa Clara Stadium is now a reality. The history and the effort of the team’s ownership and the vision of our elected leaders to make the stadium area such a valuable location was well presented in these well researched articles. The irony is that the “organized opposition” actually helped the campaign to get the stadium approved through years of poor decisions and an overall ignorance of Santa Clara politics. The organization of Tasman and Centennial streets done decades ago was as important to the development of the stadium as the team’s success on the playing field. The stadium, the Convention Center, Great America, and our hotels cannot ever replace the simple majesty of our old downtown, but they can serve to be a monument of how Santa Clara made that the Northside a valley of the 21st Century,