No one can know for certain how the stadium will affect the surrounding neighbors. We DO know, that it will affect the neighborhoods, but as to increasing property values, I'm dubious. A similar statement was made about Shoreline, and, in reality, the opposite has actually occurred. While people support the teams and like the idea of a "stadium" within close proximity to the home, most eschew the idea of a stadium, noise, games, traffic, congestion, litter, people and lighting so close to the home. We call this the "NIMBY" (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome in which home owners want the benefits, but not the associated environment with such a venue.
As for infrastructure, the City has not, in my mind, adequately addressed the problem the will accompany the parking and noise. I have read the CEQA report in which the environmental experts do feel that there will not be noticeable environmental impact, but one only has to attend an evening of fireworks at Great America or be at a crowded conference in the area to know that the surface streets and lights are not yet prepared for an influx of 20-40,000 additional vehicles. I'm sure it will be addressed over time, but there will undoubtedly be growing pains, and I'm glad I'm way over here in Sunnyvale so that I won't personally be impacted by the stadium when it does arrive.
So right now...no, the area is not prepared for the stadium or the impact associated with the stadium activities. However, when the stadium is fully operational, given the information noted with the plans, I have no doubt that the situation will not be ideal, but will certainly be manageable.... more