The San Francisco 49ers might be approaching a bye week following this week’s Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, but construction at the new Santa Clara Stadium site will remain constant throughout the 2012 football season.
The 49ers have 12 regular season home games left to be played at Candlestick Park before moving into their future home before the 2014 season. The latest development in the project is the prefabrication of 2,000 concrete sections for the stadium’s treads, risers, steps for seating and various stadium walls. This Tuesday, a 35,000-pound piece of precast concrete will be hoisted to the top of the suite tower and lowered into place. 49ers.com will have all the latest coverage early next week.
As for other stadium developments, Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News offers a glimpse into the latest happenings across the street from 49ers headquarters.
While the project remains at a consistent pace, Rosenberg wrote that it can’t be completed any sooner than in time for the 2014 season.
“Even after crews finish the outside structure in December, it’ll take 18 months to put on the finishing touches and pass inspections: six months to test all the fire alarms, two months to run the escalators, 30 days to burn in the lights, two months to grow the playing field,” Rosenberg wrote.
Other note-worthy items from the story include details on the most death-defying act, which will be installing lights on catwalks an estimated 195-feet in the air along a commercial flight path.
Lastly, Rosenberg points out that some of the 500 workers on site where 49ers jerseys every Friday to show their pride in the project and the team.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previews the 49ers pass-rushing matchup against Arizona’s offensive line.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News notes that Joe Staley is the only noticeable absentee from 49ers practice this week.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com notes that Frank Gore and Mario Manningham returned to practice.
TV49’S CLIP OF THE DAY
TWEET ABOUT IT
Jesse Sapolu will also conduct a book signing at the 49ers Team Store in Palo Alto (Sat 5-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm).
Tags: Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Jesse Sapolu, Joe Staley, Mario Manningham
Posted in Morning Tailgate | 13 Comments »