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SF Voters Reject New Stadium Plan

November 4, 1987 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Does the defeat of a plan to build a new baseball stadium mean the Giants will move, or did voters take owner Bob Lurie by surprise and call his bluff?

The votes on the ballot measure to replace Candlestick Park with an $80 million, downtown ballpark had been tabulated on Wednesday, but the numbers still didn’t answer the key question: What happens to the National League baseball team when their lease at Candlestick expires in 1994?

″The Giants will not be in San Francisco,″ Lurie told a news conference after Tuesday’s election defeat. ″There are lots of cities across the country that are dying for the Giants.″


″I will be talking to a lot of different communities, starting in 1988. I’ll consider anyplace that wants us,″ Lurie said.

Former Mayor George Christopher was skeptical. ″I don’t think it means anything,″ he said of the Proposition W loss.

″We have seen Lurie change his mind before and I don’t think anybody believes that he would turn down a downtown ballpark if a site ... were made available,″ said Dan Woodhead, president of the Downtown Ballpark Boosters Club.

Lurie has long contended that the Giants, one of the worst attendance draws in the National League, would do far better if they played in a stadium that wasn’t as chilly, windswept and inaccessible at Candlestick.

″A lot of improvements have been made, but you can’t put earrings on a pig,″ said Giants catcher Bob Brenly. ″It’s always going to be windy and it’s always going to be cold.″

Fans did turn out this past season, breaking all past records as 1.9 million watched the Giants capture the National League West title.

Lurie made a slightly bitter prediction that the Giants will make it to the World Series next season.

″We will be doing it for Northern California, not for San Francisco,″ he said.