Ostensibly, a real solution would have to be something like an FAA-compliant and earthquake-proof canopy. For now, the team should probably invest in massive numbers of giveaway sunglasses and make sure the team stores are full of tank tops to replace the long-sleeve shirts most of us own from the Candlestick days. Their scheduling suggests an awareness of the issues, with its tip-toeing around early-season Sunday afternoon games; this is not only kind of depressing, but probably untenable, and so a perfect fit for a stadium that is truly remarkable in one way: It’s already not what anybody— anybody —wants for the 49ers.
Set against these savings is the effect that reducing the number of sports would likely have on philanthropy, not only to IA but also to the entire campus. Development staff estimates that the initial annual impact could be on the order of $25 million. 4 While this estimate is consistent with that made in the 2010 report, this number, like the estimated cost savings from reducing sports, is subject to great uncertainty. Notwithstanding this uncertainty, any recommendation must consider the net cost of scope savings after taking into account the potential reduction in philanthropy.