SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – Monday marked a milestone moment in the construction of a new football stadium in Santa Clara. The gigantic beams that will soon be part of the 49ers facility began to arrive on the site.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., steel beams, adorned with American flags, were lowered into place at the four corners of the future football stadium, a more than $1 billion construction project.

“What’s taken place up to this point is a lot of foundation work and a lot of underground work, a lot of preparation for the steel. And so the fans haven’t been able to see a lot, you know, because it’s just a big excavated hole,” pointed out Jack Hill, project executive for the 49ers’ new stadium. “But now, you’re putting steel up, you’re starting to see the frame going up and it will go over the fence here real quick.”

In all, 14,000 steel beams will be used to erect the stadium. It will take an estimated 750 or so truckloads to deliver all of that steel, entirely American-made, this week.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The contractor, Turner-Devcon, is under tremendous pressure to finish the stadium in time for the 2014 football season.

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