Niners group plans billboard near CenturyLink Field

In the latest salvo between fans of the Seahawks and 49ers, a group of San Francisco supporters are raising money to erect a billboard near CenturyLink Field extolling the team’s history of winning five Super Bowls.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that the billboard plans to feature a photo of Dwight Clark’s legendary catch in the 1982 NFC title game win over Dallas “hidden behind the five Lombardi Trophies the Niners have won as a franchise.”

The Seahawks, who have the NFC’s best record at 12-2, have never won a Super Bowl, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2005 season.

The group’s website says that the idea was hatched by fans who “decided to counter the Seahawks’ fans flying a plane with their banner around Candlestick by placing a billboard showing our 49er pride in Seattle.”

The Mercury News story said that the billboard project was projected to cost $7,000. The group’s website said it had raised $8,369 as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the project’s founder, Aasheesh Shravah, all extra money will be contributed to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Shravah told the newspaper: “We figured if we could raise at least $7,000, we’d be able to do something in response to the banner. So many people responded.”

According to the website, the group hopes to keep the ad visible for at least a month, extending into January, when the NFL playoffs begin.


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