An Early Look At The 49ers Soon-To-Be Santa Clara Home

49ers new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat stadiumAfter calling long dilapidated Candlestick Park home since 1971, beginning in 2014, the San Francisco 49ers will hang their helmets in a brand new $1.2 billion, 68,500-seat stadium. Located in the city of Santa Clara (38 miles south of Candlestick and 43 miles south of downtown San Francisco), the state-of-art venue will reside on a former auxiliary parking lot of the California's Great America amusement park, which is situated immediately adjacent to the 49ers 24-year-old practice facility.

The Niners join the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers, in the group of NFL teams whose training complexes/front offices share the very same plot of land as their home stadiums.

The Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders headquarter within a close proximity to their game venues, but not directly on site.  

Below is a photo of the former amusement park overflow parking lot, as well as exterior shots of The Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre (49ers complex), taken nine months prior to the stadium's official groundbreaking.

49ers new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat stadium on Great America overflow parking lot

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre at 4949 Centennial Boulevard Santa Clara, CA

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre at 4949 Centennial Boulevard Santa Clara, CA

 

The 49ers corporate address is 4949 Centennial Boulevard. Since Centennial is closed during stadium construction, team employees (including players and coaches) are temporally forced to enter the facility via an alternative entrance on Stars and Stripes Drive.

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre at 4949 Centennial Boulevard Santa Clara, CA

The 1,850,000-square-foot palace (currently named Santa Clara Stadium) is being built near the intersection of Great America Parkway and Tasman Drive. In addition to hosting San Francisco home games, the open air, environmentally sustainable ballpark will house a 49ers Hall of Fame and team store.

49ers new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat stadium

49ers new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat stadium

The new football facility will be situated across the street from the Santa Clara Convention Center and is accessible from both Amtrak, as well as the Altamont Commuter Express train line.

49ers new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat stadium, across from Santa Clara Convention Center

While the franchise will retain the iconic “San Francisco 49ers” name, the team will actually conduct the entirety of its business far closer to the city of San Jose, with the park's location resting nine miles from downtown San Jose and seven miles from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

This may seem like a major geographical shift for the Niners, but in reality, most of the team's players and coaches already call this portion of Silicon Valley home, as a result of the city of Santa Clara serving as the longtime corporate/football operations residence of the organization.

Just like the New York Giants, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the 49ers will carry it's area's central city name, despite playing their games in a very obvious suburban setting.

Tuesday, the NFL announced that the new 49ers stadium is a finalist to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016, along with Miami's Sun Life Stadium.