The President and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers is no stranger to sitting in the stands of Candlestick Park. In fact, Jed York grew up watching the 49ers right along with an enthusiastic fan base.
And just like old times, York was supporting his favorite team from the stands Saturday night, watching the 49ers-Texans game along with his wife. It was an important gesture for York to make as he wanted to personally communicate with the 49ers Faithful and alleviate any concerns they might have with fan safety.
“I believe in the safeness of (Candlestick) and that this is a fan-friendly environment,” York later said during a visit with Tim Ryan and Dennis O’Donnell of the 49ers preseason broadcast team.
“It’s one thing to say your stadium is safe and you want to up your security,” York said, “but it’s another thing to sit out there with your wife and show that it is safe.”
York, who wore a red 49ers pullover, enjoyed spending time with 49ers fans during the first half of Saturday’s third preseason game. He especially appreciated the passion of the team’s Faithful fans and was happy to pose for photos, one of which was with a young boy attending his first 49ers game.
“I want everyone to understand that last week was an anomaly,” York emphatically said to Ryan and O’Donnell when discussing the unfortunate violence that escalated from the 49ers game against the Oakland Raiders.
Local media outlets described Saturday’s security scene inside the stadium and its surrounding parking lots. Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News wrote, “Civility and respect did rule during the 49ers preseason game against the Houston Texans.” Outlets as far as Tallahassee, Fl., covered York’s presence in the stands, too.
Perhaps the highest praise came from NFL Security Chief Jeff Miller, who commended the 49ers and the San Francisco Police Department for having a strong history of providing excellent support.
“What you see here today is a result of a lot of hard work and caring from a talented group of professionals from the San Francisco Police Department and the 49ers organization,” Miller said. “It’s also important to remember that what happened last week is not a reflection of 49ers or NFL fans.”
The 49ers commitment to fan safety will continue to be acknowledged this week when York visits with a number of media outlets on Monday. At 8 a.m. he’ll be on with the KNBR Morning Show, followed by a 12:30 p.m. appearance on Sirius/XM NFL Radio and a 5 p.m. visit with CSN Bay Area’s Chronicle Live.
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