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Stadium Media Session Postponed
Posted Date: 10/30/2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The new Santa Clara Stadium construction media availability, previously set for Tuesday, October 30, has been postponed until next Monday, November 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm, due to scheduling conflicts for local press. At that time, media is invited to view the installation of precast concrete, a major milestone in the construction of the new Santa Clara stadium. The prefabrication of 2,000 concrete sections is for the stadium’s treads, risers, and steps for seating, as well as various stadium walls. The work was done by Clark Pacific, the West Coast’s largest precast firm, at its plant in Woodland, Calif.

The media will be escorted to the field and will be able to shoot a 35,000 pound piece of precast concrete being hoisted to the top of the suite tower and lowered into place.

Stadium workers are now on two shifts. Steel installation is daily from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and precast installation is from 4:00 pm to midnight. The stadium steel is 60 percent complete and the stadium is on schedule to open for the 2014 NFL season.

Here are some facts about the project:

  • The stadium will have more than 40 million pounds of precast concrete.
  • The panels range in size between 20-40 feet and weigh up to 35,000 pounds each.
  • The special precast concrete mix for the stadium uses 15% cement replacement, effectively lowering the project’s carbon footprint by over 500 tons of CO2. Producing the precast locally and using the special mix contributes to the 49ers Sustainability Initiative for the project. 
  • The stadium will have 10,000 steps and landings, which adds up to more than a mile of steps. If stacked in one building, it would be 580 stories from ground to rooftop. 
  • Approximately 90 miles worth of stressing cable will be used in the precast pieces, the approximate distance from the Woodland Plant to the new stadium site.
  • Approximately 18,000 tons of steel will support the 1.85 million square foot stadium, or the equivalent of 3,000 elephants. 
  • Over 3,000 foundation piles were drilled at an average depth of 55 feet.
  • Over 50 miles of pipe have been laid underground.
  • 17,000 cubic yards of concrete has been poured, equivalent to the foundation slabs for 340 2,000 square foot homes.

WHAT: Construction Milestone at new Santa Clara Stadium

WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2012 3:30 p.m. PT

3:30 pm Media arrive, sign waivers, and get safety equipment
3:50 pm Media escorted to field for pre-cast photo op
4:00 pm Crane lifts pre-cast to top of suite tower
4:15 pm Media interviews with Jack Hill and Bob Clark
4:30 pm Media escorted off field

Jack Hill, 49ers Stadium Project Executive
Bob Clark, Clark Pacific Owner and President of Operations

WHERE: New Santa Clara Stadium
Enter through Gate D. (Directions- Go North on Stars and Stripes. Circle around under Tasman Bridge. Turn right at edge of Practice Facility. Enter Site at Gate D. A flagman will instruct you where to park. )

A live webcast of the stadium construction can be viewed at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media members covering the event are asked to RSVP to Talia Malik at by 5 p.m. Friday, November 2.

Please note, because this is a working construction site, all media must adhere to the following safety requirements: 

  • Media must check-in with security at Gate B and must be escorted on-site at all times. Only accredited media will be allowed on-site. 
  • Each person must sign a waiver. A hard hat, safety glasses and vest will be issued at the construction office and must be worn while on site. 
  • Jobsite appropriate attire must be worn including shirts with sleeves, long pants and hard sole shoes. No open-toed shoes or sneakers and no shorts or skirts.