The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium has officially been opened for business. The new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon to kick-off festivities that will last through the weekend.
Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at the steps of the Dignity Health Gate C entrance on the south side of the new Stadium, included many politicians both past and present: 49ers CEO Jed York, Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, current and former players, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, construction workers who built the structure and many people and business leaders attended at the invite of the team’s front office.
“It’s a state-of-the-art stadium,” Jed York said. “This just didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot to get this built along with the hard work by too many people I can name”.
He also went on to thank his family for having the trust in him to run the 49ers and to show them his appreciation.
In a pre-ceremony news conference Commissioner Roger Goodell answered questions from the media.
“This is an exciting day for us. As you know it’s not my first trip here. It’s the first new stadium built in California since the 1960s. You can feel the difference,” Commissioner Goodell said.
It’s the Bay Area’s team. It’s a regional team even though the 49ers aren’t directly in San Francisco, they’ll always be the San Francisco 49ers.
Jed York said that there was only one promise that he has made that has yet unfulfilled -- to bring a Super Bowl champion to the Bay Area.
“I promised the city of San Francisco a Super Bowl Parade down Market street, “ York said. He then turned to the few players and coaches who were in attendance, seated in the front row, and enlisted them, with a smile and a chuckle, to get it done.
The NFL has committed Super Bowl 50 to be held at the new stadium in 2015 only one year away, surely enough time to work out any kinks that may come with the opening of a new facility.