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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RandallDuell » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:48 pm

Great to hear - anything obviously different (visually or otherwise)?

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Postby Tmcdllr » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:59 pm

AWESOME!!!

I wonder what part was replaced.
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Postby thrillrider » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:18 am

Anybody know if the park sustained any damage from the earthquake?
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:20 am

thrillrider wrote:Anybody know if the park sustained any damage from the earthquake?

Probably not. SFDK was much closer and they had no damage, and the 49ers said today's game at 1pm is starting as scheduled.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:13 pm

Just a reminder that Great America will not be open on days when the San Francisco 49ers have home games.

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/laces-out/49ers-find-a-solution-to-their-parking-problem-at-levi-s-stadium-082514


49ers find a solution to their parking problem at Levi's Stadium
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Parking spaces are hard to come by at Levi's Stadium.

The 49ers have a problem with parking at new Levi's Stadium. Specifically, there aren't enough parking spaces to accommodate fans on game days. It's a big issue.

But it seems the team has found at least a temporary fix to ease the crush of cars that will undoubtedly gum up the works in their hometown of Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers have agreed to pay $12.5 million to nearby amusement park Great America to close the park on game days and use its 6,500 parking spaces, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Great America is less than a mile away from Levi's Stadium, and while there's no word as to how fans will make it from the parking lot to the stadium, the new arrangement should help traffic in the short term. Santa Clara does own the land where Great America stands, and the park does pay the city a little more than $5 million a year in rent. The city also gets a percentage whenever Great America's revenue exceeds a certain level.

However, the park's parent company -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. -- owns the parking lot and is free to make whatever side deals it wants. And what's more, the city can't collect a dime from that. However, despite losing a day of potential revenue at the park, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews isn't worried, saying if the 49ers' money helps Cedar Fair's overall revenue enough, the city will still get its share.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby laqueefa » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:32 pm

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We’re celebrating our 75 Millionth Guest this Labor Day Weekend, with great collectibles to the first 7,500 guests each day. Saturday will feature souvenir pins, Sunday will be vinyl backpacks and Monday will be rally towels. One lucky winner will be celebrated as our 75 Millionth Guest and there will be 75 random winners chosen each day.

Season Pass holders can bring up to 6 guests for just $19.99 each and take advantage of Early Ride Time from 9-10 am each day. There will be fireworks Saturday and Sunday, with an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ ($14.99) Monday.

Come help us celebrate and maybe you’ll be our 75 Millionth Guest!


Some cool swag to be had, although the park stands to be PACKED! Any TPR's going to brave this event?
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:54 pm

larrygator wrote:Just a reminder that Great America will not be open on days when the San Francisco 49ers have home games.

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/laces-out/49ers-find-a-solution-to-their-parking-problem-at-levi-s-stadium-082514


49ers find a solution to their parking problem at Levi's Stadium
Kyle Terada / USA TODAY Sports

Parking spaces are hard to come by at Levi's Stadium.

The 49ers have a problem with parking at new Levi's Stadium. Specifically, there aren't enough parking spaces to accommodate fans on game days. It's a big issue.

But it seems the team has found at least a temporary fix to ease the crush of cars that will undoubtedly gum up the works in their hometown of Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers have agreed to pay $12.5 million to nearby amusement park Great America to close the park on game days and use its 6,500 parking spaces, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Great America is less than a mile away from Levi's Stadium, and while there's no word as to how fans will make it from the parking lot to the stadium, the new arrangement should help traffic in the short term. Santa Clara does own the land where Great America stands, and the park does pay the city a little more than $5 million a year in rent. The city also gets a percentage whenever Great America's revenue exceeds a certain level.

However, the park's parent company -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. -- owns the parking lot and is free to make whatever side deals it wants. And what's more, the city can't collect a dime from that. However, despite losing a day of potential revenue at the park, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews isn't worried, saying if the 49ers' money helps Cedar Fair's overall revenue enough, the city will still get its share.



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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RCF » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:30 pm

larrygator wrote:Just a reminder that Great America will not be open on days when the San Francisco 49ers have home games.

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/laces-out/49ers-find-a-solution-to-their-parking-problem-at-levi-s-stadium-082514


49ers find a solution to their parking problem at Levi's Stadium
Kyle Terada / USA TODAY Sports

Parking spaces are hard to come by at Levi's Stadium.

The 49ers have a problem with parking at new Levi's Stadium. Specifically, there aren't enough parking spaces to accommodate fans on game days. It's a big issue.

But it seems the team has found at least a temporary fix to ease the crush of cars that will undoubtedly gum up the works in their hometown of Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers have agreed to pay $12.5 million to nearby amusement park Great America to close the park on game days and use its 6,500 parking spaces, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Great America is less than a mile away from Levi's Stadium, and while there's no word as to how fans will make it from the parking lot to the stadium, the new arrangement should help traffic in the short term. Santa Clara does own the land where Great America stands, and the park does pay the city a little more than $5 million a year in rent. The city also gets a percentage whenever Great America's revenue exceeds a certain level.

However, the park's parent company -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. -- owns the parking lot and is free to make whatever side deals it wants. And what's more, the city can't collect a dime from that. However, despite losing a day of potential revenue at the park, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews isn't worried, saying if the 49ers' money helps Cedar Fair's overall revenue enough, the city will still get its share.
Very interesting. Would CGA keep the special 49ers plaza open during the games or would that be closed as well? I would hope not, as that was the main reason for that new plaza to get a profit from the 49er fans.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby laqueefa » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:00 am

Of course it would stay open for Game. They've sold package deals, like a season ticket, that gets you free beer and food. Its just as much as a season ticket, so they're making a killing. They also use the same facility for its corporate and private parties. My company is holding our summer picnic at Great America and we are using that facility. I'll post some pictures from the event.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RandallDuell » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:26 pm

Cool event/recognition of 75 million guests. Do we have any idea how the sister park in Gurnee would compare, at this point? Based on all the down years this park has had, I have to assume Gurnee is way ahead...right? Not that it matters, obviously, would just be interesting to see how (what started as) identical parks in two different parts of the country have done over the same 40 year period.

Speaking of 40 years - Gurnee looks to be doing something to celebrate their 40th, any news from this park, yet? Definitely seems like a relatively "cheap" way to market something new for the year....

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