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What to know about the 49ers’ new home - Levi’s Stadium

08/15/2014 1:24 PM

08/15/2014 1:54 PM

The San Francisco 49ers’ $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium debuted Aug. 17 in a preseason matchup with the Denver Broncos. The only glitches: There were still a few traffic snarls getting to the game, the audio for the National Anthem was spotty and the grass on the field hasn’t fully taken root. Oh, and the home team appears to have suffered a major power outage. The 49ers had managed just one Phil Dawson chip-shot field goal in their first two warmup games, and they only sniffed the goal line on their final drive Sunday. They were stopped 2 yards short, and their Levi’s housewarming party turned into a 34-0 rout at the hands of the Broncos, the first time since 1979 the 49ers had been shut out at home in either the preseason or regular season.

Here’s more on the stadium:

•  Let’s start with the food, which was more than three years in the making. Those who make the trip to Santa Clara will find selections ranging from stadium staples (pizza, burgers, garlic fries) to artisanal fare synonymous with Bay Area cuisine (think Niman Ranch pulled pork sandwich with apple jalapeño coleslaw). Other highlights include multiple vegan and vegetarian options, cheese and bread from Bay Area companies, one of the fanciest “frankfurters” you’ll ever devour and plenty of craft beer from local and regional breweries. Read: Gourmet food is front and center at Levi’s Stadium.
•  Wild pitch? The 49ers had to halt their open practice at $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium less than an hour into the session on Aug. 20 after chunks of the field, which had already been torn up from the previous Sunday’s game, started to come up. Jim Harbaugh briefly gathered his team at midfield and then led them through the tunnel.
•  The death of a 49ers fan at Levi's Stadium and the huge crowds who abandoned the sunny seats for shady concourses are shining a bright light on an issue that many Niner faithful were unprepared for Sunday: the heat.
•  Before the debut, San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park. The storied venue of the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants shut down after more than 50 years following an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished about midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.

Photo gallery: Paul McCartney at Candlestick.

•  Fans at the new stadium will want one essential piece of gear with them when they attend games: a smartphone. With a new app, they will be able to pull up their ticket on their phone to get into the stadium, order food to be delivered directly to their seat and watch replays of the latest game action. Read more about the high-tech treats fans will find at Levi’s Stadium.
•  The Stick, as the old stadium is known, saw its share of greats, including Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and was the site of The Catch — Montana's touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship game in January 1982 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. Here is a photo gallery of 10 49ers moments to remember.

Photo gallery: Candlestick highlights.

•  The new stadium is located about 45 miles south of San Francisco. Read more: Capitol Corridor offers train rides to 49ers games.

About This Blog

Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
Twitter: @mattbarrows

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