Like many 49er fans, I met the news of the Santa Clara stadium with a certain degree of shock: would our beloved niners really have to play outside their home city? While I personally would have much preferred the 49ers and the city of San Francisco work out the difficulties of
building a new stadium in Candlestick Point, I am still pleased with outcome of the plans for the new Santa Clara facility, set to be completed in time for the 2014 season.
Upon completion, the Santa Clara stadium is set to become the NFL’s first LEED certified stadium and the largest LEED certified structure on record furnished with a huge green roof and about 20,000 sq. ft. of photovoltaic panels (solar power). The facility will utilize recycled water for landscaping irrigation and toilets and the developers have even set a goal for diverting 75% of the non-hazardous construction waste from landfills. The 49er’s CEO, Jed York, has even expressed interest in showcasing local foods at stadium vendors.
There is a lot to be excited about for the future of the Niners: The Harbaugh era has commenced and the team is getting a well-deserve new stadium in the heart of Silicon Valley. Let’s just hope the 49ers don’t fumble their focus of environmental sustainability as they march on to their next super bowl victory.