The 49ers held the first practice at Levi’s Stadium on Monday afternoon. Two weeks into the preseason practice schedule and with the first game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, the 49ers wanted to get the feel of the turf and play in front of a live audience.
A crowd of 10,000 lucky lottery-winning 49ers fans were able to attend the first practice held at the new stadium.
“It’s a different feeling and is a bit exciting to practice in front of real people,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.
With every completed pass or kickoff return there was an smattering of applause combined with a muted roar for those who were paying attention to the actual practice on the field.
Fans were relegated to sitting in sections on one side of the field but many early attendees were noticeably absent from their seats distracted by the new shops and eateries available on the wide concourses inside the stadium.
Ranging from high-end food courts and top-notch restaurants to run-of-the-mill football fare, fans will find it hard to complain about anything the new stadium has to offer.
“This place is great. Much better than I anticipated,” Miguel Ochoa said as he corralled his three children.
Back on the field, the 49ers had a 3 1/2 hour practice Monday and will have another on Tuesday, closed to the public, travel to Baltimore and hold a mock game scheduled for Wednesday before their first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.
The 49ers officially announced the loss of DL Glenn Dorsey who suffered a torn bicep at practice on Saturday.
The 49ers also announced they waived WR L’Damian Washington and also released WR Jon Baldwin, who they had acquired from Kansas City last August.
The 49ers signed RB Glenn Winston to three-year deal and waived injured Kendall Hunter to make room for the healthy Winston.