A new stadium, like a new pair of jeans, has to be broken in before it will be a perfect fit.
That’s true whether or not the stadium is named after a jeans manufacturer like the new home of the 49ers. Levi’s Stadium will be coming online this year and Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that it will be unzipped for its regular season debut in Week Two of the 2014 season. Per Branch, the plan is to have the 49ers play their second and third preseason games at home and then take a few weeks to make sure everything is ready to go for an expected Sunday night debut.
Branch and other reporters took a tour of the construction in Santa Clara, which is 80 percent done at this point. About 60 percent of the seats are in place and the grass field is expected to be installed next month. All work is slated to be done in late July with a MLS game scheduled as the first event in the stadium in early August.
If the 49ers are going to open the Field of Jeans in Week Two, they would be a possibility for the season opener against their divisional rivals from Seattle. The NFL schedule will be released in April.