The San Francisco 49ers cut the ribbon on their new Levi’s Stadium on Thursday. The new facility will certainly upgrade the viewing experience for the fans but the front office thinks it will help the 49ers win.
“From a football perspective, certainly playing in a state-of-the-art facility is advantageous not only for the players, but the fans,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said on Thursday before the ribbon cutting ceremony, via the team’s website.
Balke added: “I think the facilities from a training-room perspective, a locker-room perspective, and everything that goes on, the equipment room on a game day is all going to be state of the art.
“It’s certainly going to give us an advantage in those areas over what our current situation’s been, which is important.”
Baalke was careful of making it too plush for the players, wanting to maintain the blue-collar freel.
“I don’t want it to be too luxurious either,” Baalke said. “This is a blue-collar football team with a blue-collar mentality and we like it that way. Although it will be nice with all of the amenities, part of me wants it to be a little bit dungeon-ess in how we do things on Sunday.”
Baalke added: “This is a tough game played by men in tough situations. We need to create that gameday environment and that environment in general day-to-day of a blue-collar football team. So, there’s a balance there. You can have the amenities, but you’ve still got to remember why we play this game and what the purpose is.”
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