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49ers-Chargers game to go on despite Sunday morning earthquake

08/24/2014 9:58 AM

08/24/2014 10:46 AM

SANTA CLARA -- Officials began inspecting Levi’s Stadium at 6 a.m. and found no damage from the large earthquake that struck the Napa area early Sunday morning. Today’s game against the Chargers will go on as scheduled. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

“Levi’s Stadium was designed to meet California seismic code requirements and seismic bracing was incorporated into the design and construction,” the team said in a statement. “Building engineers have walked the entire stadium and we have had no reported damage. We will continue to do so throughout the day.”

Transit to the stadium, however, was disrupted by the 6.0 magnitude quake that struck at 3:20 a.m. Service on Capitol Corridor trains from the Sacramento region and ACE trains in the East Bay were suspended as officials inspected tracks, tunnels and bridges. Caltrain service from San Francisco and Valley Transit Authority light rail trains were running as normal.

Before the earthquake struck, the field, which was laid down less than 48 hours ago, was the top story for today’s game. As expected, the lines of sod are clearly visible even from far away. Officials from both teams have been testing the surface all morning.

The 49ers began pulling up the original field on Thursday after a Wednesday practice session had to be halted midway through due to player safety concerns. Chunks of the grass field were coming up, causing players -- at least two 49ers wide receivers -- to go down.

A replacement surface was laid down on Friday. That grass, however, is only temporary, and the 49ers will begin putting in a more permanent field early this week.

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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.
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