San Francisco 49ers

49ers will host Broncos in preseason for first NFL game at Levi’s Stadium

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will help the 49ers break in their new stadium in August.

In the first NFL game at Levi’s Stadium, the Broncos will visit the 49ers during the second week of preseason games Aug. 14-18.

According to matchups released by the NFL on Wednesday, the 49ers will open the preseason three time zones away in Baltimore the previous week. They also will host the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. before finishing the preseason on the road against the Houston Texans on Aug. 28. The start times for three of the four games haven’t been determined.

The 49ers’ game in Baltimore means that Jim Harbaugh will have faced his brother, John, in the regular season, the postseason and now the preseason. A preseason trip to the Eastern time zone is rare but not unprecedented for the 49ers. They traveled to Indianapolis in 2010 and to Jacksonville in 1996. This year’s game will be the first time they played the Ravens in a preseason game.

It also will be the third straight year the 49ers and Raiders will not play each other in the preseason. Violence during and after a game at Candlestick Park in 2011 led to a suspension of what had been an annual summer meeting. The 49ers will play the Raiders in Oakland during the regular season.

The Raiders open the preseason at Minnesota before hosting Detroit in Week 2.

The first game at 68,500-seat Levi’s Stadium will be a soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 2. It will be used as a test run to make sure all of the stadium’s operations – from parking to concessions to the video boards – work properly.

The regular-season NFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.

Team officials have said the 49ers likely will be on the road in Week 1 before hosting their first regular-season game at Levi’s Stadium in Week 2 on Sept. 14. Santa Clara officials have asked the 49ers not to host any weekday games in the first year of the stadium. A percentage of the parking spaces planned for game days belong to nearby businesses, which ostensibly will be occupied on weekdays.

That means the team won’t host games on Mondays or non-holiday Thursdays in the inaugural season at the new stadium, but it’s possible they could host the last of the three games on Thanksgiving Day.

Culliver facing charges – Cornerback Chris Culliver is facing one felony charge and two misdemeanor charges after last month’s hit-and-run incident involving a bicyclist in San Jose.

Culliver has been charged with felony possession of metal knuckles, which carries up to a three-year prison sentence, and misdemeanor hit-and-run with injury and misdemeanor hit-and-run, which have one-year maximum sentences.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said it was unaware of any criminal activity in Culliver’s past, which means he could avoid jail time. Notably, Culliver was not charged for allegeding threatening the witness who followed Culliver after the accident. Initial media reports said Culliver threatened the witness with brass knuckles after he tried to block Culliver’s car to prevent him from leaving, which typically could lead to a charge of “criminal threats.”

Brass knuckles later were discovered in Culliver’s car by San Jose police. Deputy District Attorney Jaron Shipp said the prosecutor’s office will continue to investigate the case.

Et cetera – The NFL announced that next year’s Pro Bowl will be played in Glendale Ariz., where the Super Bowl will be played a week later. Santa Clara will host the Super Bowl the following year, but the Pro Bowl game is expected to return to Honolulu that year.