The San Francisco 49ers are 1-0 to start the 2012 regular season. Off the field, the franchise has also enjoyed success with the steady progress of the new Santa Clara Stadium, the 49ers future home currently being constructed next to the team’s South Bay headquarters.
Over the weekend, the San Jose Mercury News reported the 49ers had sold $670 million in tickets and luxury suites for a stadium that’ll open in 2014.
“In three months, the Niners have sold 26,520 seats in the upper deck, end zones and corners — 52 percent of those sections — amounting to more than the entire capacity of HP Pavilion or Oracle Arena,” Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg wrote. “Interestingly, most of the seats remaining are the cheaper ‘nosebleeds.’”
The stadium project also received exposure from Bloomberg TV’s Nicole Lapin who recently reported on the team’s heavy development of technology for the new building.
“We’d rather be a software-driven stadium than a hardware-driven stadium,” CEO Jed York told Lapin when discussing the vision for the stadium.
York explained that the 49ers are looking at how they can make the fan’s experience better through technology and that the club is putting a ton of time into developing that experience.
Team President Gideon Yu told Lapin that the club is looking at the project like it’s “a blank piece of paper.”
“Let’s fundamentally shape the user experience,” Yu added.
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49ers Faithful can use technology to vote for Frank Gore as the NFL’s Week 1 FedEx Ground Player of the Week.
ESPN.com’s Mike Sando writes that the 49ers credibility is on the rise after Week 1. Sando: “The 49ers almost could not have scripted a performance more compelling than their 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. They finished last season as an NFC power and validated their standing Sunday. Their defensive front played the run well enough for the 49ers to use additional defensive backs on their terms, giving them an advantage in coverage. Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers. Frank Gore topped 100 yards rushing. Randy Mossand Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes. Michael Crabtree earned more praise from Jim Harbaugh for his sure hands. David Akers tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal. The 49ers made a strong case for the top spot in ESPN’s Power Rankings, coming soon.”
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com also looked at San Francisco’s significant victory. Barnwell: “San Francisco showed up, outplayed the Packers from start to finish, and left with the most impressive win of the young Jim Harbaugh era under their belts. In doing so, they raised serious questions about the Packers and challenged my perception that the Niners wouldn’t be able to sustain their level of play in 2012. Make no mistake: This was every bit a 2011 49ers victory, just one with a higher level of play against superior opposition.”
NFL.com’s crew of writers share their biggest takeaways from the 49ers-Packers game. Charley Casserly had this to say: “The impressive performance by the 49ers was the story of the game. This is the best game I’ve seen San Francisco play under coach Jim Harbaugh. The Niners’ schemes — and overall game plan — were masterful… The 49ers are for real again this year.”
The 49ers sit atop NFL.com’s Week 1 power rankings.
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