Shortly after the San Francisco Giants baseball team moved to suburban Candlestick Park in 1960, they started pining for the city.

The difficulties in doing so were manifold, including leasing issues, a lack of viable locations and funding. There were worries about parking and transport infrastructure.

Hey Auckland, sound familiar?

After lobbying intensified in 1993, the Giants found location, in a little-used corner of the downtown waterfront, and they found their funding, private equity rather than public money, and built their new home in time for the millennium.

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Job done – now it's easier to find a Los Angeles Dodgers

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