As the new NFL season begins, the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are looking to build the stadium in Carson, California, the site of the NFL’s first Super Bowl in 1952.
The Browns are hoping to use the existing Levi’s Stadium as the primary home of their new franchise, while the 49ers have chosen the more expansive site of Candlestick Park.
The teams’ respective owners, Peter and Susan Berman, have committed $3.5 billion toward the project, with a portion of the proceeds going to the local community.
The NFL is expected to announce the stadium’s construction timeline later this month, but for now, the two teams are focused on getting their new home built.
The team has also agreed to use Levi’s Field as the home of its new stadium, while they have agreed to rent out the venue for concerts.
While the NFL has not yet released any details on the design of the new stadium itself, the new stadiums plans have already sparked controversy.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 49er’s bid for the stadium was criticized for being too expensive, while Cleveland’s proposal for the site was criticized because it was too far away from the rest of downtown.
The 49ers’ proposal was even criticized for having too many parking garages and not enough streets.
The San Francisco Giants’ proposal, meanwhile, has sparked outrage for having a “slippery slope” effect on future construction plans, as the team plans to use its new home for a new football stadium and has not provided any concrete details.