What a day. The 49ers broke ground on a new football stadium in Santa Clara, giving California its first pro football groundbreaking ceremony in over 50 years.
CEO Jed York, head coach Jim Harbaugh, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Alex Smith, Joe Staley and several of the team’s former players were on hand to witness one of the most memorable days in the franchise’s proud history.
It was also a significant day for the city of Santa Clara, who will welcome the team into town to kickoff the 2014 season.
More details on the stadium’s design, latest NFL Draft topics and additional groundbreaking headlines can be found after the jump.
Before reading up on the stadium groundbreaking, take a look at the current state of the stadium site in Santa Clara thanks to the New Santa Clara Stadium’s website’s live look-in camera.
If you were unable to watch the live 49ers.com groundbreaking feed, the folks at NinersNation.com transcribed the entire ceremony.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee previews some of the stadium minutiae, like the team’s goals for the stadium roof. Barrows writes, “The roof will be the first of its kind in the NFL, and CEO Jed York wants it to be the 49ers’ version of the Green Monster at Boston’s Fenway Park.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares comments from York who confirmed the 49ers will make a bid to host Super Bowls 50 and 51 in Santa Clara.
Can Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares memorable anecdotes from the groundbreaking ceremony which had a heavy turnout of current and former 49ers.
ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham offers an insightful feature story on the four Stanford players (recruited by Jim Harbaugh) who could be potential first-round draft picks.
West Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com continues his week-long mock draft with his third-round offering. Bunting has the 49ers taking Utah State Robert Turbin with the No. 92 overall selection.
TWEET ABOUT IT
A New Santa Clara Stadium replica cake was certainly a sweet ending to a memorable day in 49ers history.
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