It took some digging, but these 49ers finally struck the mother lode of championship gold. San Francisco Forty Niners owns and operates the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, which boasts five Super Bowl championships (a mark it shares with the Dallas Cowboys). The franchise was started in 1946 as part of the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the National Football League in 1950. Its burst of championship glory came in the 1980s and 1990s with the help of such stars as Joe Montana and Steve Young. The team was started by brothers Anthony and Victor Morabito; it is owned by Denise DeBartolo York through her family's DeBartolo Corporation.
The team named former Stanford University coach Jim Harbaugh head coach for the 2011 season.
The franchise continues to look to the future, however, with plans to build a new $800 million stadium to replace its aging confines at Candlestick Park (formerly known as Monster Park). The team has said it will finance the 68,000-seat facility without public money and hopes to move into the new stadium in time for the 2014 season.
Sports impresario Edward DeBartolo bought the struggling team in 1977. After his death in 1994, DeBartolo York and her brother, Edward DeBartolo Jr., took over running the 49ers. However, the siblings fought a bitter court battle for control of the family's business interest that ended with a settlement in 1999.
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