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Levi's Stadium Avoids Serious Issue After Quick Installation Of New Sod
Published August 25, 2014
PRIORITY CHECK-IN: The S.F. CHRONICLE's Branch noted the 49ers "postponed a high-school football doubleheader scheduled for Friday." The four teams "originally involved will play at the stadium in October" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/23). THE MMQB's Peter King writes the 49ers "have to stop worrying about being such good corporate neighbors -- and about scheduling so many non-NFL events in their new stadium during the football season -- and worry about getting their field right." Instead of two high-school games this week, there will now "be four in two days in midseason." King: "I get it. ... But with an international friendly soccer match and four high school football games in the place over a five-week period, if I’m Jim Harbaugh, I’m wondering: What’s the priority here? It should be to have the best field for the 49ers. The rest of the stuff can happen in the offseason" (MMQB.SI.com, 8/25).
SAN FRANCISCO TREATS: In Sacramento, Quinn Western reported Levi’s Stadium’s food program "was more than three years in the making, put together by professional chefs who toured other NFL stadiums, focus-grouped Niner fans and area foodies and test drove their many custom creations before they made the menu." Centerplate "is running the show at Levi’s." But the stadium also is "working with Michelin star-winning chef Michael Mina," whose restaurant "is open to the public during away games and on non-game days." But when the 49ers "are playing at Levi’s, the place temporarily becomes home to Michael Mina’s Tailgate, a members-only club that offers a multicourse menu, bottomless booze and a $5,000-a-season membership fee." Close to 80% of all food products at Levi's "will be sourced from within 150 miles" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/24). Meanwhile, in S.F., John Diaz wrote something "was conspicuously lacking in the crowd" at the Broncos-49ers game two weeks ago, as children "were few and far between" at Levi's Stadium. But there is an "understandable reason: season tickets at even the extremities of the sun-seared top eastern deck require seat licenses starting at $2,000, not counting the $131 cost of a seat for prime games, or parking and concessions" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/23).