Lost in the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff run was that the team never did get to play another game at Candlestick Park after their 34-24 win over the Falcons on Dec. 23.
In 2014, the Niners will move into the dazzling new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL’s newest venue is 80 percent complete, and looks to be on-track to host its debut event: an Aug. 2 MLS game between the Seattle Sounders and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Some members of the media toured Levi’s Stadium earlier this week and brought back some stunning pictures of the facility. Among the important takeaways:
• At 48 feet tall and 200 feet wide, the stadium’s two video scoreboards are the largest of their kind in outdoor arenas.
• Six elevators will service the stadium’s tower, where 108 of the stadium’s 176 suites are located. Many of the suites, already with carpeting and retractable glass windows facing the field, are only missing furniture and TVs; we saw one with a refrigerator.
• The stadium will include a museum, a craft beer bar, walking bridges and a press conference room with theater seating.
• The 49ers next locker room will feature 10-foot-tall walnut-wood lockers.
A live cam allows fans to monitor the progress of the construction online. Even whiny head coach Jim Harbaugh will be hard pressed to find something “wrong” with his teams new digs, which will host Super Bowl 50 in 2016.