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SBD/October 3, 2013/Facilities
Capacity At 49ers' Levi's Stadium Larger Than Expected; Construction Stays On Pace
Published October 3, 2013
LONG TIME COMING: ESPN THE MAGAZINE’s Seth Wickersham writes Levi’s Stadium is being called the “House That Jed Built” after 49ers CEO Jed York, and the facility is a 68,500-seat “miracle that will open next fall.” The stadium is “being constructed in a region surrounded by cash-strapped counties, in a state that hasn't built a pro football venue in almost 50 years.” It will “open a year ahead of schedule,” and not only will it host Super Bowl L in '16, but it also will “house a Super Bowl contender, only four years after the 49ers were as irrelevant as the hopes for a new stadium were dismal.” When York assumed control of the team in ’09, he was “viewed not as a savior but as the latest in a series of trust-fund debacles.” His role “was to sell the new stadium” to residents in Santa Clara, and he went “door to door” in the city to convince residents to vote for the measure. York for four nights a week for a year “entered strangers' houses, sometimes bearing coffee and cookies, where voters waited, armed with questions” (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 10/14 issue).