member spotlight: 49ers home field shines in championship
No Bay Area sports teams hoisted a trophy from the NCAA football title game on Monday, but the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium was in championship form. The weather was perfect, the stadium was full and the atmosphere was electric as near capacity crowd of almost 75,000 fans raised the roof as Clemson dominated Alabama for the national title. In a San Francisco Chronicle article, sportswriter Eric Branch observed that “the facility sparkled in the national spotlight.” 49ers President Al Guido told Branch: “My immediate reaction was the stadium deserved it. In the sense that it has gotten knocked over time. Whether that’s atmosphere, noise, turf — it was great to have all that kind of come together in the way that it did with our same 49ers people doing it.” Even the playing surface, which has experienced problems in the first two years, was in great shape. “I think the ceiling is really, really high on this stadium,” Guido said. “And I can’t wait to when we get to that point.” Hearty congratulations to 49ers CEO and Bay Area Council Executive Committee member Jed York, under whose leadership Levi’s Stadium was built.